The Productive Outs PRODcast

SERIOUS BUSINESS.

HOUSEKEEPING

PEEP THE NEW PATREON PREMIUM

 

MUSICAL GUEST: CLOUD NOTHINGS

Buy Last Building Burning hereStream it here. 

THE HUMAN GUEST

Jessica Sands of Modern Hobo and the Home and Away podcast joined us to talk touring, minor league ball, entrepreneurship, women's sports, and other stuff. It ruled!

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • The Red Sox are mostly going through the Dodgers like a pavement saw through warm butter. 
  • The Mets hired a "GM."

MINOR LEAGUE NAMES TEAM OF THE WEEK:

THE BEST OF DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE - PART 5

  • Jefferson Escorcha (Mets)
  • Neraldo Catalina (Mets)
  • Eiker Huizi (Mets)
  • Rolfy Vargas (Mets)
  • Abrahan Hiraldo (Nats)
  • Frailin Turbi (Nats)
  • Tristan Hansack (Nats)
  • Edangle Tovar (Nats)
  • Welbin Bautista (Orioles)
  • Maximo De La Rosa (Phillies)
  • Homy Ovalles (Phillies – Hitting Coach)

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DOUG BIRD

Direct download: ep149.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am PDT

RELAX. THIS WILL ALL BE OVER SOON. 

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: TVAM

Buy PSYCHIC DATA here. Stream it here

 

THE BASEBALL THINGS, with the LA Times' Andy McCullough

  • Are the SOX up 2-0 or are the Doyers down 0-2? We aim to find out. 
  • Then some manager chat without Andy. 

MINOR LEAGUE NAMES TEAM OF THE WEEK: THE BEST OF DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE - PART 4 -- ALL DSL MARLINS EDITION!!

Honorary: pitching coach Freddery Arias

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: FERNANDO MOTHERFUCKING VALENZUELA

Direct download: ep148.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 5:51pm PDT

SORRY, WE DON'T MAKE THE RULES. 

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: mewithoutyou

Buy [untitled] here.  Stream it here

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • NLCS
  • ALCS
  • WS
  • Physics, gravity, stupidity, and what have you 
  • More bitching about replay and announcers

MINOR LEAGUE NAMES TEAM OF THE WEEK: THE BEST OF DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE - PART 3

  • Rodolfo Bone (Giants)
  • Keyberth Mejias (Giants)
  • Luigi Pichardo (Giants)
  • Diarlin Jimenez (Indians)
  • Darlin Noboa (Indians)
  • Wardquelin Vazquez (Indians)
  • Jothson Flores (Indians)
  • Jhonkensy Noel (Indians)
  • Marlin Made (Indians)
  • Ortwin Pieternella (Mariners)
  • Gunn Omosako (Mariners)

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: TED MARTINEZ

 

 

Direct download: ep147.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 9:20am PDT

WHAT'S UP, NERDS 

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: LOW

Buy Double Negative here.  Stream it here

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • Division Series updates! 
  • These fuckin' announcers fuckin' suck!
  • Managers are getting fired and shit and no one fuckin' cares, not even the managers 

MINOR LEAGUE NAMES TEAM OF THE WEEK: THE BEST OF DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE - PART 2

  • Wander Feliz (Cubs)
  • Fabian Pertuz (Cubs)
  • Rigoberto Borbolla (Dbax)
  • Petter Caty (Dbax)
  • Ramses Malave (Dbax)
  • Wilderd Patino (Dbax) 
  • Jenderson Jardines (Dodgers)
  • Yhostin Chirinos (Dodgers)
  • Jorbit Vivas (Dodgers)
  • Rushenten Tomsjansen (Dodgers)

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: BOB HORNER

Direct download: ep146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm PDT

Did you know a baseball weighed 145 grams? Yeah, neither did we. 

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: HOLY FAWN

Buy Death Spells here.  Stream it here

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • RIP the 2018 regular season. 
  • Some teams clinched, but the NL is still wild af. Basically, root for chaos. 
  • MVPz: Trout or Betts? Yelich or DeGrom or someone else?
  • Cy Young: DeGrom or Scherzer? Verlander or Sale?
  • Mets garbage update 

YOUR DUMB EMAILS

  • Jordan asks: Should I pick Fortnite or baseball to make my son love me? 
  • Jason asks: Should I keep slogging away with Bonefolder
  • Neil asks (and answers): Is there a god?
  • Chris asks: Can we get some love for those early '90s Barves? 
  • and Muck asks: Should we do another Puig Destroyer record? 

MINOR LEAGUE NAMES TEAM OF THE WEEK: THE BEST OF DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE - PART 1

  • Ewdy Aquino (Angels)
  • Raider Uceta (Angels)
  • Diosmerky Taveras (Astros)
  • Heitor Tokar (Astros)
  • Yorlenis Noa (A’s)
  • Geykler Davila (A’s)
  • Geyber Jimenez (Blue Jays)
  • Erickvi Celedonio (Blue Jays)
  • Farlyn Manon (Brewers)
  • Joyser Garcia (Cards)
  • Yowelfy Rosario (Cards)

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: SCOTT LOUCKS

Scott Loucks like a cop.

Direct download: ep145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm PDT

HELLO, WORLD WIDE WEB

This is your show, ya filthy animals. Enjoy it, or don't. We don't give a hoot.

 

HOUSEKEEPING

 

MUSICAL GUEST: Mitski - Be the Cowboy

Buy it and/or stream it. It's wicked good!

 

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • Season ends in 17 days! That’s crazy! NOOOO. Can we extend the season to February so we don’t have to hear about handegg?
  • Standings updates
  • Manaea out for a year and a half
  • Ohtani is broken, but mashing … how does this affect a Trout signing
  • David Wright is coming back for one game apparently for some reason?

MINOR LEAGUE NAMES TEAM OF THE WEEK: FORT MYERS MIRACLE

  1. Edwar Colina
  2. Andro Cutura
  3. Brusdar Graterol
  4. Colton Davis
  5. Griffin Jax
  6. Jovani Moran
  7. Taylor Grzelakowski
  8. Caleb Hamilton
  9. Ernie De La Trinidad
  10. Ben Rortvedt

 

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eric Soderholm

Direct download: ep144.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 5:55pm PDT

HELLO, NERDS

We're back after a hiatus! We apologize for the radio silence. Here is some garbage for your ears. 

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: JESUS PIECE

Only Self is out now. 

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • We’re in the home stretch! I think? What year is it?
  • The only good races are in West
  • Let’s stop pretending the AL East is competitive 
  • Orioles futility watch 
  • Trades? Cutch, Gio, Dosh Johnaldson,
  • SAY IT AIN'T SHO! :'(

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: Florida Fire Frogs

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Division

  • Tanner Allison
  • Tucker Davidson
  • Connor Johnstone
  • Chase Johnson-Mullins
  • Connor Simmons
  • Tyler Watson
  • Braxton Davidson
  • Greyson Jenista
  • Garrison Schwartz

Scrabble Fails Division

  • Daysbel Hernandez
  • Dilmer Mejia
  • Filyer Sanchez
  • Albinson Volquez
  • Huascar Ynoa

 

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: George Theodore

 

 

Direct download: ep143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm PDT

HELLO, NERDS

We had a killer interview with Jason Wojciechowski but it got eaten by the void and we feel sad for you because it was really good and funny. Anyway, sorry. We're gonna try it again sometime. 

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: FOXING

Nearer My God is out now. 

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • New news …
    • Ureña v. Acuña!
    • Puig v. Hundley!
    • The Dodgers are a dumpster fire
    • The Red Sox have a pretty decent shot at the M’s single-season W record
    • Mets score a week's worth of runs in one game 
  • Catching up on old news …
    • Jayson Werth is mashing rec league dingers and being a vocal, grumpy, old baseballer dude on the internet

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: Bowie Baysox

  1. Keegan Akin
  2. Tanner Chleborad
  3. Jay Flaa
  4. Jonatan Isenia
  5. Dean Kremer
  6. Reid Love
  7. Zach Muckenhirn
  8. Zach Pop
  9. Ryan Mountcastle
  10. D'Arby Myers

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bud Anderson

Our large adult son, Karl Adam “Bud” Anderson, appeared in 64 games over two seasons with the Cleveland Indians (82 & 83), and posted a record of 4-10, with a 3.68 ERA, and a 114 ERA+. And that’s not all that bad (or not as bad as most of the players we feature in this segment), which is why it’s a little odd that he just up and vanished after two seasons. Surely there has to have been a market for burly, walrus-faced, ball-throwing relief mammals at that time. Alas, Bud retired and became an assistant baseball coach at WT Clarke High School in East Meadow, NY. While it’s not the destiny we’d hoped our glazed, mustachioed ham in a baseball uniform would reach, it is a perfect place for that 80-grade DADHAT to end up.

 

 

Direct download: ep142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:05pm PDT

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: LLNN

Buy it on iTunes

Buy it on Bandcamp.

Stream it on Spotify.

 

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • ON PACE! The Red Sox are seriously on one right now, and so are the Orioles … but in a different way
  • TRAAAAAAAAAAADES!!! 
  • What the shit are the A’s doing? 17 over .500, 14-5 in July, 6.5 games back
  • The Mets are Metting so hard – Syndergaard, Cespedes, Familia trade
  • Eric Byrnes Is Out of His Goddamn Mind! He's doing a Triathlon Across America benefitting the Let Them Play Foundation.

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: SALEM-KEIZER VOLCANOES

  1. Hector Borg
  2. Matt Frisbee
  3. Sydney Dupree 
  4. Greg Jacknewitz
  5. Norwith Gudino
  6. Mack Meyer
  7. JJ Santa Cruz 
  8. Nico Giarratano
  9. Dalton Combs 
  10. Jose Layer 

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Frank Tepedino

Direct download: ep141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:38pm PDT

HELLO, BASEDBALL FANS

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: VEIN

“Errorzone” is out now.

Buy it on Bandcamp.

Stream it on Spotify.

 

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • ASG, HRD recap
  • Josh Hader had a rough one
  • Manny Machado to the Dodgers! 
  • Hand to the Clevelands
  • Mike Trout & The Angels vs. MLB – #BRAND #MARKETING
  • Ohtani cleared to throw
  • Second half outlook

 

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS

  1. Francis Del Orbe
  2. Michael Flynn
  3. Zach Susi
  4. Raul Siri
  5. Edison Lantigua
  6. Travis Swaggerty
  7. Connor Kaiser 
  8. Zack Kone 
  9. Robbie Glendinning 
  10. Paul Brands 

 

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: BRICK SMITH

Brick Dudley Smith was NOT A COP, but was rather a first baseman for the Seattle Mariners for about all of 15 minutes in 1987 and 88.

Direct download: ep140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:57pm PDT

HELLO, BASEDBALL FANS

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: THE ARMED

"Only Love" is out now. 

Buy it on Bandcamp

Stream it on Spotify.

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • The Machado sweepstakes
  • Meanwhile, the best team in the NL is … checks notes … The Brewers?
  • All Star Game: I have no idea what’s going on and I don’t care. 
  • Astros and Red Sox are on a collision course for … something 
  • Maximum Muncy
  • Baseball is bad. Please watch it

BAD BALLPARK FOOD OF THE WEEK:

The Erie SeaWolves released a new food creation: The cotton candy hot dog. It is fucking gross and I hate it. 

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: Spokane Indians

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Don Stanhouse

Direct download: ep139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01am PDT

HELLO, BASEDBALL FANS

HOUSEKEEPING

 

MUSICAL GUEST: BRIGID MAE POWER

The Two Worlds is out now. 

 

YOUR DUMB EMAILS


THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • Miek Truot. Still good.
  • Which is handy, because Albert is roughly replacement level.
  • ASG voting is whatever
  • Mets fire sale about to open up
  • HOU won 12 straight...
  • But the M’s are still hanging in!

MINOR LEAGUE NAMES TEAM OF THE WEEK: THE ABERDEEN IRONBIRDS

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Biff Pocoroba

Direct download: ep138.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:46am PDT

HELLO, BASEDBALL FANS

HOUSEKEEPING

 

MUSICAL GUEST: THE FORMS

Check them out on Bandcamp or Spotify

 

HUMAN GUEST: Dave Lozo of Vice Sports and the Puck Soup Podcast! 

THE BASEBALL THINGS 

  • The MLB Draft happened
  • Has there ever been a “JR Smith in Game 1 of the NBA Finals” in baseball?
  • Kole Calhoun is broken, very much so
  • Clayton Kershaw is also broken, in a different way
  • But Matt Kemp isn’t?
  • All-Star ballots are out … do you care?
  • The Mariners are in first place?

 

BAD BALLPARK FOOD OF THE WEEK: Norfolk Tides “Oriole Dog”

 

Thanks to our buddy and Patreon supporter Neil for letting us know about this abomination that is available at Harbor Park. It’s a hotdog with mac & cheese and crabmeat for some reason. He called it the best worst stadium food and actually said it was delicious. Please discuss.

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: CHARLESTON RIVER DOGS

  • Braden Bristo
  • Dalton Higgins
  • Janson Junk 
  • Dalton Lehnen
  • Yoiber Marquina
  • Nestor Oronel
  • Jio Orozco
  • Miguel Flames 
  • Griffin Garabito
  • Dermis Garcia 
  • Wilkerman Garcia
  • Danienger Perez

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MIKE CUBBAGE

Direct download: ep137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm PDT

HELLO, SPROTS FANS

HOUSEKEEPING

MUSICAL GUEST: WAND. "PERFUME" is out now. 


HUMAN GUEST: Matt Kory of the Athletic Boston

THE BASEBALL THINGS 

VLAD JR.

Mike Trout

Five teams on pace to lose 100 games

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: Cedar Rapids Kernels

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MARVIS FOLEY

Marvis Edwin Foley, was a backup catcher who played in part of five seasons with the White Sox and Rangers in the early 80s. He was mostly unremarkable, aside from his name (which sounds more like he should be one of Aretha Franklin’s backup singers than a baseball playist). His glorious caucasian afro was markable, however. Over his illustrious career, he was worth -1 win, mashed 12 taters, had an OPS+ of 72 (not good), and racked up frequent flier miles shuttling between his big league club and the minors. After reading his name, I was stunned to find out that he was actually a burly, hairy, white dude from Kentucky. See: Reggie Willits, Reggie Cleveland, etc.

Marv is currently the roving catching instructor for the Colorado Rockies, and was previously a very successful MiLB coach, as he is the only manager to win titles in all three AAA leagues.

 

 

 

Direct download: ep136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59pm PDT

HELLO, SPROTS FANS

HOUSEKEEPING

 

MUSICAL GUEST: Beach House - 7

HUMAN GUEST: C Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • Robertson Canoe got popped for PEDs
  • Quick hits n' crazy shit: Hader’s Ks, Hicks’ 105 MPH cheddar, Rich Hill’s GD blister, Mookie Betts & Mike Trout are good?
  • The Rays are making people mad with “The Opener”
  • Juan Soto 
  • Lenny Dykstra

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK

Down East Wood Ducks (A - TEX)

 

 

  • Jacob Shortslef
  • Cole Wiper
  • Steven Bruce 
  • Kyle Cody 
  • Kaleb Fontenot 
  • CD Pelham 
  • Walter Weickel
  • Andretty Cordero 
  • Blaine Prescott 

 

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: PAUL REUSCHEL

Direct download: ep135.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:43pm PDT

HELLO.

Let's talk to it. 

MUSICAL GUEST: This Is the Kit. Moonshine Freeze is out now on Rough Trade. 

HUMAN GUEST: Andy McCullough (again). It worked this time!!

THE BASEBALL THINGS

  • The Yanks & Red Sox are good, but is that good? 
  • Matt Harvey is a Red and the Wilpons are petty af 
  • Is Ohtani the best player in baseball? He has to be, right? 
  • We’re only 8 or 9 starts into the season, but there are some ungodly pitching stats this season - Scherzer, Verlander, Cole, Severino, … uh … Bart?
  • The White Sox won their 10th game yesterday, which fuckin' sucks

MINOR LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK: Buies Creek Astros


OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Wee Harry Chappas ... and a twist. 

Direct download: ep134.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:44pm PDT

HELLO.

We were really excited to talk to Andy McCullough of the L.A. Times, but sadly the interview was not recorded. Apologies to Andy and also to you, because Andy was great and funny and oh god i want to crawl into a hole. Technology is the worst!!

HOUSEKEEPING

  • The Bad Broadcaster Bracket is over, and to absolutely nobody’s surprise, Hawk won easily. Send us you ideas for the Good Broadcaster Bracket!

MUSICAL GUEST: Pianos Become The Teeth.

“Wait For Love” came out on February 16th and it's excellent. Stream it on Spotify or buy it on Bandcamp.

BASEBALL THINGS

  • James Paxton had a decent week
  • Ichiro “retired”. All hail Ichiro.
  • Pujols got his 3000 hits, and now what? 
  • The BARVES are good and the O's are ...  not.
  • TANK-WATCH: Reds, Whysoggs, Orioles are all competing for the first overall pick.

Minor League Names Team of the Week - Lansing Lugnuts

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mario Mendoza

Mendoza was monumentally shitty, and we salute him.

Direct download: ep133.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46pm PDT

HELLO

HOUSEKEEPING

BAD BROADCASTER BRACKET UPDATES


MUSICAL GUEST: Theo Katzman. "Heartbreak Hits" was one of Ian's favorite records of 2017. 

Stream it on Spotify.

Buy it on Bandcamp.

GUEST: Keith Law, ESPN

BASEBALL THINGS

  • PANDA PITCHED
  • Nick Kingham had a pretty good debut
  • Dave Roberts benched Cody Bellinger for lack of hustle. 

Minor League Names Team of the Week: Akron Rubber Ducks

  1. Argenis Angulo 
  2. Shane Bieber 
  3. Shao-Ching Chiang 
  4. Dace Kime 
  5. Leandro Linares 
  6. Matt Whitehouse
  7. Michael Peoples 
  8. Sicnarf Loopstok 
  9. Dorssys Paulino
  10. Ka'ai Tom 

 

OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: LOWELL PALMER

 Support us on Patreon! Tell a friend! Or don't!

Direct download: ep132.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm PDT

 

PODCAST BUSINESS

MUSICAL GUEST

THE EMAILS

BASEBALL THINGS

  • The Reds shitcanned Bryan Price … he just needed more time
  • Brandon Belt’s crazy AB lasted 13 minutes!! Meanwhile Johnny Cueto has a .35 ERA
  • Sean Manaea no-hit the best lineup in baseball
  • Giancarlo Stanton slash line update: .185/.283/.395
  • What the hell is wrong with the Angels (excluding Mike Trout)?
  • There’s a new addition of The Effort Police – Justin Verlander

Minor League Names Team of the Week - Dayton Dragons

  1. Wendolyn Bautista
  2. Packy Naughton
  3. Sarkis Otanian
  4. Ryan Nutof
  5. Mac Sceroler
  6. Hendrik Clementina
  7. Mark Kolozsvary
  8. Morgan Lofstrom
  9. Jeter Downs
  10. Narciso Crook

THE OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS:

Alan Knicely

Separated at birth?

Direct download: ep131.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:04pm PDT

PODCAST BUSINESS

MUSICAL GUEST

  • Wye Oak. “The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs,” came out on April 6 on Merge.
  • Stream it on Spotify
  • Purchase it from Bandcamp or Merge Records

HUMAN GUEST

Grant Brisbee of SB Nation, founder of McCovey Chronicles. Read Grant Land every Monday.

BASEBALL THINGS

  • Baseball games getting snowed out in mid-April. Seems fine.
  • Basebrawls! Donnybrooks! Fisticuffs!
  • Our large adult sons are marvelous and we celebrate them: Bart & Vogey
  • Ohtani still good. That’s all.
  • What in the fresh hell are the Mets doing and when will they Mets?
  • The standings, in general, are wild! Enjoy the small sample size weirdness while you may. 
  • Puerto Rico series starts tomorrow: much of the island still doesn’t have functional infrastructure, but we’re sending them the Clevelands and the Twins? What the hell?
  • How the shit does Chris Russo still have a job?

Minor League Names Team of the Week: Lancaster JetHawks 

Strong SEC names on this team, plus a famous rock star guitarist (sort of). 

THE OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS:

Johnnie LeMaster!

 

Direct download: ep130.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:08pm PDT

Hellos & Housekeepings

Hi! 

The Music

This episode is dedicated to the memory of our friend Caleb Scofield. He made amazing music and we were lucky to have him in our lives. 

If you can, please give something is his memory at https://www.youcaring.com/jenscofield-1149130

The bumper music from this episode is:

Rest easy, Caleb. 

Emails!

From Canada and elsewhere.

The Baseball Things

  • We introduce the BAD BROADCASTER BRACKET! Email or tweet us feedback. 
  • We attempt to name the Marlins starting and the Padres starting rotation. It does not go well
  • Shohei: the best.
  • Stanton’s rough start in NY.
  • Let us take a moment to celebrate our new hero, Kazuhisa Makita
  • Minor League names team of the week: The San Jose Giants

The Old School Player of the Week Is...

Dwight Vern Bernard

Direct download: ep129.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:01pm PDT

After a completely unplanned and unnecessary two-year hiatus we have returned to fill your ears with our special brand of baseball and music-related audio garbage. You’re very welcome.

BIG NEWZ: WE HAVE A PATREON NOW

Please check it out and donate if you are able! Thanks and we love you. 

https://www.patreon.com/productiveouts

Now... on to the show!

HELLO. 

Wherein we attempt to update you on what happened over the last two years and make sense of the crazy new hell world in which we find ourselves. Baseball helps. 

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

This is a bit self-serving, but we're really proud of "Strangled Light," the Less Art album. Listen to and purchase the record on Bandcamp, or wherever you consume your music. 

THE BASEBALL THINGS

 

We've got:

  • Terrible predictions!
  • Weirdest off-season signings!
  • Ohtani Mania!
  • (Oh god I can't believe we're still talking about) Brian Dozier!
  • The Astros 4-man outfield! 

and...

  • Gabe Kapler the musclebound manager

A BRIEF CHAT WITH:

David J. Roth, widely regarded as one of the world's greatest living coin magicians.

and finally...

THE OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Doug Gwosdz, Padres

Direct download: ep128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:07pm PDT

PRODcast 127: We'll Figure Out a Title Later

Hello! It is we, the based ball mens. We made sound thing for you! It unfold like this:

- The Open, where we are a total mess.

- The Musical Guest: PUP. Buy "The Dream Is Over" here; stream in on Spotify here.

- The Email o’ the Week: Ritchie (@ritchieage) wonders if we actually need to be told that dinged dongs are going "back" before they are "gone." 

- The Baseball Things:

  • We discuss the HR Derby at painstaking length
  • We discuss the All-Star Game a little 
  • We also inveigh about destroying young pitchers' arms and laud the new high-school pitch count rules  
  • Game time: Riley & Ian attempt to name the starting 9 for the BARVES & TWINT (respectfully borrowed from Andy & Pedro’s podcast, Sportswriter’s Blues)

- The Old School Player o’ the Week is:

 

RANDY "JUNKMAN" JONES

“Junkman” earned the nickname because of his filthy sinker, not his literal junk. He’s the proud owner of some plus #DADLAP, plus #DADHAT (when he actually wore one) and some elite locks that fall somewhere between Richard Simmons merm and Phil Spector’s beehive.

Jones was born in Fullerton and went to Chapman University, was a 5th round selection of the Padres in 1972, made his big league debut in 1973, was a 20-game winner and All-Star in 1975, a 22-game winner, All-Star and CY Young Award winner in 1976, and fell off a cliff (not literally) quickly thereafter. That was due in large part to the Padres being exceedingly shitty from 1976 to 1980 (and beyond). He had a 2.24 ERA (3.23 FIP) in ‘75, and won 22 games and pitched 25 complete games in ‘76. Jones was traded to the Mets in 1981 and no longer a MLB player by 1983.

After his playing career he coached young players (Barry Zito being the most prominent), opened a couple restaurants, started a catering company – Randy Jones Buckboard Catering – and has his own BBQ sauce.

Direct download: PRODcast_127.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:08pm PDT

PRODcast 126: One Every Three Months, Whether You Need It or Not

Whoa, we're back! For now. Here's what happen(s)(ed):

- The show open, with Not Jose Mota!

- The Musical Guest: The Drones. Buy "Feelin' Kinda Free" here

- The Email of the Week: Which players should have dreadlocks? 

- The Baseball Things:

  • The All-Star Game rosters
  • Midseason review
  • Zack Hample and Marlins Man shold both delete their accounts
  • Bring back Gorilla Ball
  • Big Papi can't actually retire now
  • Stop beating up and sexually assaulting women, goddammit. 

- The Old School Player of the Week is:

HENRY CRUZ.

Henry Acosta Cruz was outfielder and pinch hitter for the Dodgers and White Sox from 1975 to 1978. In 310 career ABs, Cruz hit .229 w/ 8 HR and 34 RBI, which explains why his MLB career was so short lived. Following his glory days, he spent 4 years in the Mexican league, 10 years and a scout for the Indians, and (according to Wikipedia) he is currently the director of the Dodgers’ baseball academy in the Dominican.


During his playing days, Cruz looked like he was a part of the witness protection program, donning a thick mustache, 70-grade lambchop sideburns, 70-grade tinted #dadglasses, and a 60-grade #dadhat.

 

Direct download: PRODcast_126.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 9:23pm PDT

PRODcast 125: How Hard Is It to Slide into a Base?

Welcome to the second episode of the new leaner, meaner, and more in-betweener Productive Outs PRODcast. Here's what's in store for ye:

The Open. 

The Musical Guest: Close the Hatch. Buy "Death & Resistance" here

The Email o' the Week: Zak writes in to discuss baseball and music. 

The Baseball Things. 

  • How hard is it to slide into a base? How much harder than that is it to stay on said base? Come on, guys. 
  • Who the fuck is Trevor Story?
  • Robertson Canoe’s hot stort
  • Halos be shifting like crazy – a not-so subtle fuck you to Jerry Dipoto?
  • O’s off to a hot start, TWINT & BARVES not so much

The Old School Player of the Week is:

STEVE SHARTS. 

This is a deeeeep cut. Sharts, whose name is a sentence, never played in the big leagues, but spent six years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization as a middling left-handed reliever between 1985 and 1990. He spent two years at AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre, and posted decent numbers, but never got the call … which is probably a good thing because and announcer saying “Steve Sharts on the mound for the Phillies” would have broken the Internet before the Internet even existed.

He also looks an awful lot like Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley and Tom Kenny from Mr. Show (and Spongebob). 

Direct download: PRODcast_125.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 9:02am PDT

Hello, this is the new and (hopefully) improved PRODcast – an easy-to-digest nugget of baseball and music that should pass through your system without causing bloating, headaches and/or abdominal discomfort. It’s like the All-Bran of podcasts.

Musical Guest: WHITE DENIM. Buy it here

Email from an Internet Superhero

Baseball Things

BASEBALL IS BACK! (Have you heard of it?)

Our picks to win each division + wild card teams

Things we’re excited about/not excited about seeing this season

  • A full season of Correa, Bryant, Buxton,
  • The Mets rotation
  • If Jered Weaver can crack 80MPH
  • More Mike Trout
  • Hot dog Twitter, Wrestling twitter, Twitter in general
  • MLB.tv ads
  • This season’s installation of Unwritten Rules enforcement

 

Old School Player of the Week: Tito Fuentes

Fuentes spent 13 seasons in the bigs as a 2B, SS, 3B with the Giants, Padres, Tigers and A’s, and posted a career OPS+ of 82 and batting average of .268. And while his sub-replacement level play is a fine reason to pick him as the OSPOTW, it’s not the real reason we picked him. We picked him because he is both a card carrying member of the “windbreaker underneath the uniform” club, and the founder of the why the fuck are you wearing a headband?” Club. Sometimes he wears the headband under his hat, sometimes it’s over the hat, sometimes it’s just a solid color band, sometimes he writes TITO in sharpie on the headband. It’s curious, confusing, and mostly dumb.

Direct download: PRODcast_124.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm PDT

PRODcast 123: The Year-End Episode

This is it! The last show of 2015. Thanks for hanging out with us this season. Y'all made it fun. And weird. 

(0:00-3:21) The Open

(3:21-7:30) The Musical Guest: LOMA PRIETA. Buy "Self-Portrait" here.

(8:03-25:27) Emails from the Internet's True Heroes

(26:07-1:03:44) The Human Guest: Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star talks Gordo, Locain, Yost, and indie rock (?) 

(1:04:17-1:19:49) Some baseball things that happened today, who cares

(1:20:30-1:27:25) The final Old School Player of the Week of 2015 is...

KEN REITZ

Ken Reitz, who was nicknamed “Zamboni” because he scooped up grounders on Busch Stadium’s artificial turf, spent 11 years in the bigs (he gets a MLB pension!) as a third baseman with the Cards (twice), Cubes, Giants and Pirates. In those 11 years, while playing a position dominated by quality offensive player, he hit .260, with an abysmal .290 OBP, and .359 slugging. (That’s a .649 OPS if you’re keeping score at home and aren’t good at maths.) Reitz won a gold glove in 1975, and was an All-Star in 1980 despite posting a -0.7 bWAR that year. WAR was not a friend of Ken’s, as he finished his career with whopping -3.2 wins above replacement.

A #FUNFACT from Wikipedia: Reitz was not known for his base running speed. This is reflected in one dubious Major League record. Reitz holds the record for most career plate appearances (5079) among non-catchers who finished their careers with fewer walks than times he grounded into a double play.

That explains that anemic OBP, I suppose.


Reitz belongs in the DADHAT Hall of Fame, despite evading everyone’s DADHAT radar up to this point. His mustache is pure 70s porn, and his hairdo is best described as a man sitting in a barber’s chair holding a picture of a mushroom and telling his barber, “Make me look like that.”

Direct download: PRODcast_123_-_The_Year-End_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:57pm PDT

PRODcast 122: The Whirled Serious

This is the last show of the actual season, as we'll take next week off to mourn the profound loss of baseball and play some rock shows. Back in 2 weeks though!

 

(0:00-4:21) The open, where we tell you what's in store and commiserate about our intern situation. 

(4:53-9:15) The musical guest: HEAT DUST. Buy "Heat Dust" here

(9:15-27:49) Emails from Canada’s best inbox-stuffers

(28:25-45:12) The baseball things

  • The World Series is upon us, and the Royals are rolling
  • Ruben Amaro is now … a first base coach?
  • Scott Servais is now an MLB manager but has no experience
  • Bud Black is one again and has lots

(45:45-51:05 ) Musical advice: How do you practice playing the drums when you ain't got no drums?

(51:05-56:34) This week's Old School Player of the Week is:

Lynn Jones

 

I had to go with a Royals player this week, and while Buddy Biancalana, Steve Balboni or Pete LaCock would have been a better (and more obvious) choice, I decided to go with the lesser-known Lynn Jones. Jones spent eight years in the bigs between 1979 and 1986, and won a ring with the Royals in ‘85 as a 32-year-old extremely shitty outfielder. (He had a 44 OPS+ that season.) In those eight years and almost 1000 ABs, Jones hit seven bombs, drove in 91 runs, slugged .321, and posted a -2.2 bWAR. Looking at his pics, you’d have to think that they kept him around solely because of his 80-grade DADGLASSES. (He might be crosseyed, which would explain a lot.)

After his playing career ended, Jones went on to coach in both the minors and majors, most recently in 2004 & 2005 with the Red Sox (dude’s got two rings!), and is now a coach at his alma mater, Thiel College (which may or may not be a real school).

He also looks like Chris Freeman from Manchester Orchestra, and Thorny from Super Troopers.

Direct download: PRODcast_122_-_The_Whirled_Serious.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 7:07pm PDT

PRODcast 121: WE ARE MURPHING SO HARD RIGHT NOW

It's almost the Whirled Serious and we are MURPHING so hard rn. 

(0:00-6:00) The open, where we give you the show rundown and the latest on the OLiver saga. 

(6:35-10:18) The musical guest: CULT LEADER. Buy "Lightless Walk" here

(10:18-21:50) Emails from the Internet’s Best Typists

(22:24-48:33) The human guest: David Roth of Vice Sports

(49:20-1:18:35) The baseball things

  • the TBS pitch tracker is still drunk
  • Broadcast booths and commercials: still awful 
  • Cubes v. Meats 
  • Jays v. Royals 
  • Barry Zito has retired from baseball to become a professional musician
  • Donnie Basebulb is out as Doyers manager

(1:19:07-1:25:31) This week's Old School Player of the Week is:

 

RICK SWEET

Rick Sweet, who was taken in the 3rd round of the 1975 MLB draft,  spent three years in the bigs as a catcher for the Padres, Mets and Mariners. In 272 career games, he hit .234 with 6 HR and 57 RBI, a .584 OPS and a 63 OPS, which was good for a -0.1 bWAR. He’s been a minor league manager for many years, most recently as the skipper for the Nashville Sounds in 2014 & 2015 (the AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers).


The only sweet thing about Rick is that 80-grade pushbroom mustache, a 60-grade coif, and (depending on the photo you’re looking at) 60-70 DADHAT which is most often a SADHAT.

Direct download: PRODcast_121_-_WE_ARE_MURPHING_SO_HARD_RIGHT_NOW.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm PDT

PRODcast 120: OH, CANADUH!!!

Can you even after today's Jays-Rangers game? We can't! But we try. Because we must. 

(0:00-7:08) The Open

(7:43-11:00)  The Musical Guest: PIG EYES. Buy their stuff here

(11:00-29:10) The Emails

(29:38-46:18) The Human Guest: Mauricio Rubio of Baseball Prospectus and BPWrigleyville

(46:50-1:02:40) The Baseball Things: 

  • Astros: doomed by a bad 'pen
  • Royals: frustratingly stubborn and good
  • Ragnars: that was one helluvan implosion
  • Jays: our odd friends to the North
  • Doyers: Utley, Kershaw, and Greinke slide into a bar...
  • Mets: ridiculous rotation 
  • Cubes - Schwarber is beasting, actually they’re all beasting, they’re in the NLCS!

(1:02:40-1:08:21) The Old School Player of the Week is:

RAFAEL RAMIREZ

 

 

a suggestion of Erick B - @ebenSF on Twitter, I went with Rafael Ramirez. He has a 60 FRO, 60 CREEPSTACHE, 60-65 DADHAT, a 70 DADLAP, and looks either completely terrified or totally confused in most photos I’ve found of him.

Ramirez spent 13 years in the bigs with the BARVES and Astros primarily as a SS, finished with negative WAR in six of those 13 seasons, and somehow finished 16th in the NL MVP vote after posting a 7 HR, 58 RBI season with a .705 OPS and 2.1 WAR. And he was an All-Star in 1984 even though he finished that season with 2 HR, 48 RBI and a .621 OPS. His Wikipedia page notes that he lead the league in double plays for four straight years (which is great because that’s not a stat that matters at all). He was basically a worse Neifi Perez with better hair and a much more interesting face.

Direct download: PRODcast_120_-_OH_CANADUH.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:58pm PDT

PRODcast 119: Grievances

 

(0:00-3:00) The open!

(3:55-13:20) Musical Guest: Kowloon Walled City. Buy "Grievances" here

(13:20-29:00) Emails from the Internet

(29:35-52:00) The Baseballs: Playoffs, Personnel Changes, and Other Sundries

  • The play-in games
  • Sean Rodriguez hates Gatorade
  • Matt Williams and Co. got shitcanned, but LOLyd McCLOLndon hasn’t been shitcanned … yet
  • New GMs in the AL West: Dipoto, Eppler, and Forst
  • Dogders-Mess; Crads-Cubes

 (53:00-1:0:00) Old School Player of the Week:

JERRY REED

Not to be confused with the country singer and actor of the same name.

80 Creepstache, 70 Deathgaze, 60 Merm/Mullet, 60 DADHAT (during the Phillies years, it looks like he kept his hat in the trunk of his car or stuffed between the cushions on his sofa)

If you stare into Jerry Reed’s dead eyes for long enough you will begin to feel your soul crater. Early in his career, he had a strong “Creepy Uncle” vibe, but developed a strong 80s cop/extra on the show “CHiPs” look towards the end of it.

Reed pitched in parts of nine seasons with the Phillies, Indians, Mariners and Red Sox from 1981 to 1990, appeared in 238 games (all but 12 in relief), and posted a 20-19 record with a 3.94 ERA, 4.15 FIP and a 1.354 WHIP and 18 saves.

Via Diamond Mines scouting report from 1988, he was described as a journeyman pitcher with mostly average stuff: 5 FB, 5 SL, 5 CH, 4 control. The perfect replacement-level arm.

Direct download: PRODcast_119_-_Grievances.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:05pm PDT

PRODcast 118: I Can't SPROTS

Hello! We can no longer SPROTS. Can you too?

(0:00-4:55) The open, featuring our first ever sponsor: fandrool.com!

(4:55-7:05) Musical Guest: Chvrches. Buy Every Open Eye here

(7:45- 24:15) Emails From The Internet

(25:00-52:52) The Baseballs - Playoffs, Unwritten Rules & Stuff

  • Playoff chatter - who’s in, who’s out, who’s got a shot, who doesn’t
  • The AL West is bonkers
  • AL MVP: Trout v. Donaldson - We have another stupid debate coming
  • Papelboner vs. Brace Hyper - fighting is dumb
  • Bud Norris - being a racist is also dumb
  • Dipoto to Seattle

(53:32-1:00:40) Musical Advice From These Guys

  • A burgeoning guitarist asks: How do I guitar? 

Do I go down the route of just getting a guitar and teaching myself via YouTube videos, websites and books or do I get lessons?


(1:00:40-1:06:00) Old School Player of the Week

I found a guy who sucked. Craig Skok.

Craig Skok has an 80 Name, 80 DADHAT, and 60 DADLAP, and is a card-carrying member of the windbreaker-under-the-uniform club. He spent a portion of four seasons in the major leagues as a left-handed reliever with the Red Sox, Rangers and Barves. Craig Skok was not very big, weighing in at 190, but his length appealed to scouts. Craig Skok is hard to accurately describe given his short time in majors. Craig Skok disappeared in 1977, when he was released didn’t play baseball at all. In 150 career innings, he went 4-7 with a 4.86 ERA.  

And his middle name is Richard.


That’s about all we know about Craig Skok.

Bye! 

Direct download: PRODcast_118_-_I_Cant_Even_SPROTS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:48pm PDT

PRODcast 117: What A Fool Believes

This week's episode is a short sharp shock to your Matt Harvey-fatigued brain. Get in, get out, get back to work. 

 

(0:00-5:50) The open, and our musical guest: MICHAEL FREAKING McDONALD

(6:30-24:44) The emails

(25:13-42:48) The baseball things:

  • The Angels and Giants have collapsed, and we as fans are left with nothing
  • The Rangers are rolling, and only a game behind the Astros … how?
  • The Blue Jays are destroying, run diff of ~200 (196), ~100 (88) more RS than any other team
  • NL seems to be pretty much wrapped up - LAD, STL, NYM, PIT, CHC
  • Matt Williams is a bad manager, maybe the worst
  • Cardinals still employing Devil Magic

(42:35-49:27) THe old School Player of the Week Is:

 

BOB DETHERAGE

This is the only known photo of Bob and his 70-grade DADHAT, DADGLASSES, STORKNECK, and PORNSTACHE. Bob was a lanky OF who played in 20 games for the Royals in 1980. In 26 career ABs he posted a .308 BA w/ two doubles, a bomb, seven RBI and a stolen base. And that was it. After spending 8 seasons in the minors, he sniffed the bigs for 20 games, played one more season at AAA Omaha in 1981 and hung ‘em up at age 26.

Direct download: PRODcast_117_-_What_a_Fool_Believes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm PDT

PRODcast 116: THE EMAILS, THE EMAILS

Welcome to the almost-all-email edition. If this show sucks, you have only yourselves to blame!

We'll probably take a haitus after this one, as real life is inflicting itself upon us. We hope to be back soon! 

(0:00-3:15) The open

(3:58-7:10) The musical guest: TEMPLES. Buy "Sun Structures" here

(7:10-27:20) Email segment 1

(28:05-57:36) Emails segment 2

(58:10-1:07:47) The baseball things: 

  • Blue Jay never gon' lose agin
  • DiPoto to Red Sawx
  • Iwakuma no-no

(1:08:24-1:21:10) Musical advice

  • Jordan asks how we listen to new albums
  • Tony asks about buying used gear and our feelings about the current state of the Barves

(1:21:10-1:27:20) And the Old School Player of the Week is:

AL COWENS

Al Cowens grades out as follows: DADHAT, 70 AFRO, 60 DADLAP, 70 DADGLASSES

Born in Compton, he could pass for Humpty Hump from Digital Underground in a baseball uniform. He looks confused as hell in most photos which is probably due in large part to this …

Cowens was drafted in the 75th round of the 1969 MLB draft, but managed to play 13 seasons in the bigs with the Royals, Angels, Tigers and Mariners as a right fielder. He peaked with the Royals in 1977 at age 25, posting an .885 OPS, w/ 23 HR & 112 RBI, a bWAR of 5.3, a second place finish in the AL MVP voting and a Gold Glove. He never sniffed that kind of production again and died of a heart attack at age 50. Baseball and life are weird things.

via Wikipedia:

A notable feud started between Cowens and Texas Rangers reliever Ed Farmer early in the 1979 season. In the May 8 game at Arlington Stadium, a Farmer pitch thrown in the top of the 5th inning fractured Cowens' jaw and broke several teeth;[1] Cowens would miss 21 games. Farmer also hit Cowens' teammate Frank White in the same game and broke his wrist[2] and caused him to miss 33 contests. The following year, in a game between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park on June 20‚ 1980‚ Cowens (now a Detroit Tiger) hit an infield grounder against Farmer (pitching for the White Sox). While Farmer watched his infielder make the play, Cowens ran to mound and tackled the pitcher from behind, instead of running to first base; getting in several punches before the benches cleared and the two were separated.[2] Cowens was suspended for 7 games and a warrant was issued for his arrest in Illinois‚ forcing him to skip the remainder of the series. Later Farmer agreed to drop the charges in exchange for a handshake‚ and the 2 players brought out the lineup cards before the game on September 1. However, future appearances for Cowens in Chicago were greeted with a "Coward Cowens" banner.

Related: Ed Farmer seems like a dick.

Direct download: PRODcast_116_-_THE_EMAILS_THE_EMAILS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm PDT

PRODcast 115: Blame Canada

We have a wonderful, semi-Canadian-themed episode for you this week! We hope you enjoy it.

(0:00-5:10) The open

(5:48-10:18) The musical guest: CHELSEA WOLFE. Buy "Abyss" here. Stream it here

(10:18-22:13) Generally baseball-themed emails from non-Canadians with bonus Heavy Metal Bands to Jack Off To segment

(22:52-46:18) Our human guest: Drew Fairservice of the Birds All Day podcast, talkin' all things Jays. 

(46:57-1:09:14) The baseball stuff. Mostly trade-related, with some bonus other nonsense. 

  •  Carl O’Sgomez to the Astros
  • Leake to the GAINTS

  • AJ Preller and the Padres don't do nuthin' 
  • Cespedes to the Mets

  • Haren to the #CUBES

  • Parra to the Orioles

  •  CJ Wilson is done, but his teammates don’t believe him, Weaver might be done too

  • The Hiroshima Carp wore denim uniforms because Japan

 

(1:09:52-1:14:44) This week's Old School Player of the Week is:

 

WILLIE MUELLER

70 Merm, 70 DADGLASSES, 30 stache, 60 DORKHAT

 

Mueller was a brutish 6’4”, 220 lb. reliever who pitched in two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers (1978 & 1981). In those two seasons, he pitched in six games, logged 14 ⅔ innings, posted a 6.14 ERA and a 1.773 WHIP. He spent 10 years toiling in the minors before hanging up his spectacles after the 1983 season at age 26.

Mueller’s claim to fame is that he played the Duke, a menacing Yankees reliever, in the movie Major League. He’s now the pitching coach at Concordia University of Wisconsin.

 

Direct download: PRODcast_115_-_Blame_Canada.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:53pm PDT

PRODcast 114: THE HOT STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!

Your favorite player probably got traded this week. 

(0:00-4:30) The open. 

(5:15-7:45) The musical guest: Ryley Walker. Buy "Primrose Green" here

(7:45-17:30) Emails from people named Chris.

(18:15-40:45) Baseball things:

  • Literally everyone was traded today. No on'e uniforms fit, and spelling errors abound. What are we going to do with all these leftover bobbleheads?? 
  • Cueto & Zobrist to the Royals, Kazmir to the Astros, Tulo to the Blooj A’s, Latos & Morse to the Dodgers, Papelboner to the Nats, Hamels to Rangers, Gomez to Mets (OR NOT), LAD/ATL/MIA three-way

(41:17-46:40) Musical advice: If you choose to sit down at a show, have you given up on life? 

(46:40-53:40) This week's Old School Player of the Week is:

MIKE PROLY

I discovered this gem last week and couldn’t resist the urge to flood our Twitter feed with pics and things Mike Proly did. Some of my favorites …

  1. Mike Proly wishes he didn’t have to wear that dumb [White Sox] uniform, amirite?

  2. Mike Proly went a little overboard at the bar last night.

  3. From Drew Fairservice: “Mike Proly drives a Trans Am. Mike Proly is the physical embodiment of despair on on a baseball card.”

  4. Mike Proly locked himself out of his apartment and thinks he proly left the stove on.

  5. Mike Proly thought his girlfriend Crystal was being honest when she said she was quitting stripping so she could go back to school.

  6. Mike Proly thought he’d have more time to work on the 1983 Pontiac Firebird that’s been on blocks in his front yard for 17 years.

  7. Mike Proly wishes he were “anywhere but here” ALL OF THE TIME.

Mike Proly could very easily pass for one of Will Forte’s SNL characters, and he is truly one of the saddest, mouselike humans to ever grace a baseball card. He’s got a 60 DADHAT, a plus plustache, 70 70s hair and 80 chest hair. Proly pitched in the bigs for seven seasons (from 1976 to 1983) with the Cards, White Sox, Phillies and Cubes, primarily as a reliever. He walked 195 batters and struck out 185 in 545 ⅔ innings, and had a career WHIP of 1.330. Proly is quoted extensively in a 1985 article from the Chicago Tribune on spitballs, Vaseline balls and ball-scuffing. Apparently he did all of those things to no avail. He now sells insurance.

Direct download: PRODcast_114_-_HOT_STOVE.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:21pm PDT

PRODcast 113: Dennis Lamp Would Like to Sell You Some Cod

(0:00-6:06) The open

(6:40-30:06) The non-Canadian emails. Stream "Opposite Field" here

( 30:40-50:57) The baseball things. 

  • ASG recap: Mike Trout is good, and so is the new HR Derby format

 

  • The stove’s getting hot: Cueto, Hamels, Samardzija, Bruce, and more

(50:57-1:12:42) The human guest: Eric Stephen of True Blue LA

(1:13:17-1:19:50) The Old School Player of the Week:

DENNIS LAMP

55 (70 ceiling) DADHAT, 70 DADGLASSES, PLUS-PLUSTACHE, and apparently he cloned his mustache and replaced his eyebrows with it.

Dennis Lamp played 16 MLB seasons with the Cubes, White Sox, Blue Jays, A’s, Red Sox and Pirates. His peak years (1978-1980) were spent as a middling starter, but he spent the remainder of his career as a mediocre arm out of the pen. He is responsible for surrendering Lou Brock’s 3000th hit, as well as Cal Ripken Jr.’s first MLB hit.


Mind blown: He has worked behind the seafood counter at Bristol Farms in Newport Beach since 2004.

Direct download: PRODcast_113_-_Dennis_Lamp_Would_Like_to_Sell_You_Some_Cod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm PDT

PRODcast 112: Failure Is Not An Option, Unless You Want To Listen To Them

Don't get it twisted: Failure is ALWAYS an option. 

 

(0:00-4:23) The open

(4:55-12:20) The musical guest: FAILURE. Buy "The Heart Is a Monster" here

(12:20-31:45) Electronic mail from weirdos

(32:15-59:30) Pipin'-hot baseball takes

  • RIP Alex Gordon, RIP Miggy
  • Matz’ latz
  • #FirstPlaceAstros lead is dwindling; Evan Gattis’ absurd tomahawk chop
  • Mike Trout is beasting (again). Fun w/ arbitrary end points … last 11 games, .368/.510/.868/1.378 OPS, 6 HR, 10 RBI
  • Halos have won 5 in a row, 9 of last 10
  • Huston Street angered the baseball gods and is suffering their wrath
  • All-Stars announced, final votes
  • HR Derby field announced, who u got?

(1:00:08-1:05:10) Musical advice: What next for a new band, play shows or record?

(1:05:10) This week's OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS...

CARMEN FANZONE

An 80-grade name. A 60 - 70 mustache. 50 DADHAT. And a 70 horn player. Fanzone played five years as a utility player and pinch hitter in the bigs with the Red Sox and Cubes. Traded to the Cubes in 1971 for Phil Gagliano, which is the most Italian trade. Never played in more than 86 games in a season, has 20 career bombs, -0.8 WAR. Fanzone became a jazz flugelhorn player after his baseball career ended.


PRODcast 111: The LOLZ AngeLOLZ AngLOLZ

Man, those Angels. What a shitshow, amirite? Anyway. Here's the show. 

(0:00-4:20) The open

(5:00-9:45) Musical guest: MUTOID MAN. Buy "Bleeder" here

(9:45-20:20) The emails

(21:00-50:40) The baseball things

  • GODDAMNIT ANGELS
  • Stanton’s hand :(

  • #FirstPlaceAstros - CORREA and LOLberholtzer

  • The best fans in baseball root for the best team in baseball, the CRADNALZ

  • It’s an odd year and the GAINTS are in the mix

  • The DOGDERS are good because -- or in spite -- of Puig? 

  • Haha, the All Star Game though 

  • They changed some of the HR Derby rules, but not the one that mattered: banishing Chris Berman to the depths of the Marianna Trench 

  • Pete Rose is still a dipshit

(51:10-1:00:20) Musical advice: touring vs. fests, pro's and cons

(1:00:20-1:05:52) This week's The Old School Player of the Week is ...

 

VICENTE ROMO

This potato-headed, windbreaker-under-the-jersey, plus-DADHAT-sporting weirdo is a true gem. I’m guessing his hat is a size 8 ¾. And that pose he’s fond of striking … it’s like a half pre-creepy hug, half creepy uncle-pretends-to-be-the-boogeyman kinda thing. 100% NOT a baseball move. 100% weird.

His nickname was “Huevo”, which one can only assume must be a nod to his giant dome, rather than his one gigantic testicle. (Not true.) Huevo played seven years (for six different teams) as a long reliever/spot starter in the majors before heading to Mexico for seven years. He returned to the bigs with the Dodgers at age 39 and appeared in 15 games.

Career totals: 32-33, 3.36 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 1.315 WHIP, and 1 HR on May 30, 1980 vs. the White Sox.

 

Direct download: PRODcast_111_-_The_LOLZ_AngeLOLZ_AngLOLZ.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm PDT

PRODcast 110: We Are Currently Occupying The Space Between Derrel Thomas' Front Teeth

Hey, y'all! We're back from turrrr and ready to talk about baseball. Have some!

 

(0:00-2:40) The open

(3:20-8:30) The musical guest: YAUTJA. Buy "Songs of Descent" here

(8:30-27:20) The emails

(28:00-59:30) The baseball things

  • We thought we’d cursed the Astros with our last PROD, but we guess we didn’t
  • The TWINT are good?
  • The Royals are telling PECOTA to eat it
  • The A’s are a garbage fire
  • Bryce Harper is a golden god … finally
  • Pitchers be goopin’ their forearms
  • Dan Jennings is General Manager Manager
  • When will TRAID season heat up?

(1:00:00-1:09:05) Musical advice: Balancing creative endeavors and "real life" -- can it be done? 

(1:09:05-1:12:05) The Old School Player of the Week:

DERREL THOMAS

70 grade DADGLASSES, 70 grade DADHAT, 80 grade DADLAP, 80 grade TOOTHGAP

Can we be certain that this isn’t an alias for Ron Washington? A Dave Chapelle character? A figment of our imagination?

Thomas played 15 seasons for the Astros, Padres, Giants, Dodgers, Expos, Angels and Phillies as a 2B, SS and OF. He had a career average of .249, OPS of .649, OPS+ of 84, a career WAR of 6.6. Thomas was a part of the Dodgers’ WS championship team in ‘81, holds the unique distinction of playing every position (except pitcher) in the bigs, and currently coaches at the Adrenaline Athletic Training Center in Riverside, CA.


PRODcast 109: #FirstPlaceAstros

As the title suggests, this week's show is all about the Phillies. 

 

(:40-2:33) The open, wherein we lay out our thesis statement

(3:06-7:20) The Musical Guest: COLISUEM. Buy "Anxiety's Kiss" from Deathwish (physical and digital) or from Bandcamp (digital only). 

(7:20-19:18) Your emails get read

(19:48-47:00) Our Human Guest: James Yasko of Astros County

(47:32-1:01:40) The Baseball Topics:

  • #FirstPlaceAstros
  • Roen Ronicke got douched
  • R.I.P. Jeff Karstens, True Face of MLB

(1:02:22-1:08:20) The Old School Player of the Week:

 

 80 DADHAT, 70 CREEPSTACHE, 70 DADLAP

10 years in the bigs as a MIF with the Pirates, Indians, Mariners and Cubes. Career WAR of 1.8, OPS of .608.

That time the Yankees almost traded Mariano for Felix Fermin.

Goodbye!

Direct download: PRODcast_109_-_FirstPlaceAstros.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35pm PDT

PRODcast 108: Cool Your Jets

Unlike our usual shows, this one is actually good! We encourage you to listen. 

(0:00-3:48) The open

(4:20-8:15) The musical guest: SQUAREPUSHER. Buy "Damogen Furies" here. 

(8:15-22:57) Email from around North America

(23:24-49:44) A discussion with Jess Spector of The Sporting News

(50:20-1:20:10) The baseball topics

  • #FirstPlaceAstros
  • The Royals want to fight everyone
  • Josh Hamilton goes back to TEX, the AngLOLs are a joke
  • Wainwright’s achilles, Scherzer’s thumb - THE DH ARGUMENT IS BACK! Pick a side. Or don't.
  • The Brewers are hot garbage
  • Orioles and MLB making the right descisions in the face of some heavy real-life shit

(1:20:37- 1:30:05) The Old School Player of the Week:

CRAIG KUSICK

 

70 DADGLASSES, 70 DADHAT, 70 DADLAP, 60 STACHE

Kusick, who looks like he won an invite to baseball fantasy camp, was an honest to goodness MLB player from 1973-79 with the Blue Jays and Twins. A 1B/DH, he posted a career average of .235, 105 OPS+, and 3.8 WAR. He also pitched in a game for the Blue Jays in 1980, a 24-2 loss to the California Angels, and went 3 ⅔ innings and giving up 2 ER on three hits (one of which was a bomb). If you were to see a photo of him at any point in his career, “professional athlete” would be about the 278th occupation you’d peg him as having.

Kusick is now deceased, but will remain awesome forever.

 

Bye!

Direct download: PRODcast_108_-_Cool_Your_Jets.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46pm PDT

PRODcast 107: Dirty Slidin' Into Your DMs Like Whoa

We did that thing again!

(0:00-3:11) The open

(3:39-9:30) The musical guest: SUFJAN STEVENS. Buy "Carrie and Lowell" here.

(9:30- 31:25) Emails from Mostly Canadians

(31:53-1:01:58) The baseball blather

 

  •  ROYALS VS. A's: Dirty slides and general chippiness

  • Tossing dudes w/o a warning: Good? Bad?

  • Kris Bryant’s debut: much ado about nothing, and the dawn of the new #Cubes?

  • Adrian Gonzalez was out of his mind (until yesterday). and so is Nellie Cruz

  • A-Rod is too, milestone clauses in his contract, ‘roids, and that 471 ft. bomb

  • Mike Trout is Mike Trout - fastest to 100 HR and 100 SB. Can the best player in baseball actually be underrated?

  • The Tigers are good, The Marlins are a Small Sample Size dumpster fire

(1:02:24-1:16:41) Ask Two Idiots about Music. Bennett asks about the mechanics of reunions and times we've almost died at shows. 

(1:17:11-1:24:23) THE OLD SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

PAT SHERIDAN

60 DADHAT, 70 CREEPSTACHE, 70 DADGLASSES, 80 TOOTHGAP, 50 70’s HAIR

Sheridan was a beanpole (6’3”, 175 lbs) and played nine seasons for the Royals, Tigers and Giants as an OF with the rare “bats left, throws right” combo. He was a career .253 hitter, hit 51 HR, drove in 257 runs, and posted a 5.5 bWAR in those nine seasons. He looks like he could just as easily be a part of an Amber Alert as he could fit on the pre-Sogard evolution chart. He could also be Paul Sporer’s dad.

Direct download: PRODcast_107_-_Dirty_Slidin_into_Your_DMs_Like_Whoa.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm PDT

PRODcast 106: Build Me Up Buttercup

Good job guys, good effort. 

1. The Open

2. The Musical Guest: ROMAN CITIES. Buy "The Sharksleep Sessions" here.

3. The Emails

4. The Human Guest: Christopher Crawford of Baseball ProspectusCheck out The Draft to the Show kickstarter here

5. The Baseball Things!

  • Ugh, the Josh Hamilton fiasco.
  • Small-Sample-Size Theater! Who's hot. Who's not. None of it matters!
  • But the bottom 10 producers by fWAR are stull amusing. 
  • Mookie Betts and George Springer: HOTT. "World Champion" Giants: NOTT.
  • Diamondbacks are being bush-league... again.
  • And Ian's new favorite prospect (name).

6. YE OLDE OLDE SCHOOLE PLAYER of the WEEKE: ROSS GRIMSLEY

80-grade merm, 60 DADHAT, 60 mustache, dead grey eyes, and he looks like he should be in Jethro Tull.

Nicknamed “Scuz” or “Crazy Eyes”, Grimsley played 11 seasons with the Reds, Orioles, Expos and Indians as a LHP (mostly a starter). He was an All-Star in ‘78. Won 124 games, had a 3.81 career ERA, and a 1.306 WHIP. Comps are Tom Browning, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Bud Black and Frank Viola.

He’s been a minor league pitching coach for the Giants for several years and is currently the pitching coach for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Direct download: PRODcast_106_-_Build_Me_Up_Buttercup.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39am PDT

PRODcast 105: Professional Gnostication, our 2015 MLB Preview Episode

One hour, in and out like a goddamn surgical strike. BAM. 

(0:00-5:40) The Open, with Musical Guest John Fogerty

(7:00-26:40) Electronic Mail from Weirdos

(27:35-49:20) 2015 MLB Previews and Predictions

(50:05-57:40) The Old School Player of the Week: 

SIXTO LEZCANO

*only has five toes (per foot)

60-grade DADHAT, 60-grade ‘do, 20-grade facial hair, eyes that are either wonky as hell or kinda dreamy (depending on the pic you’re looking at), and MAJOR props for rocking the windbreaker underneath the jersey … because “outerwear” is merely a suggestion. I’d like to think that dudes who have total disregard for layering frequently wear their underwear on the outside of their pants.

 

Twelve-year career with the Brewers, Cardinals, Padres, Phillies and Pirates.

 

Career numbers: .271, 124 OPS+, averaged 2.3 WAR a year, won a GG in 1979 and finished 15th in the NL MVP voting, from 1976-1979 he was a 4-win player in his age 22-25 seasons, had a bizarre year in 1977 in which he hit 21 bombs but only drove in 49 runs.

 


PRODcast 104 has no guest and lots of swearing. We hope that's OK with you!

 

(0:00- 4:07) Hello!

(4:44-8:10) Musical Guest: VIET CONG

(8:10-11:30) Hot Take of the Week / Fuck That Guy of the Week: The human pile of garbage who called 13-year-old girl and national hero Mon'e Davis a "slut." (“Fuck That Guy” is respectfully borrowed from the now-deceased Short Corner Podcast w/ Paul Shirley & former guest Justin Halpern)

(11:30-30:50) Electronic Mails

(31:22-1:00:01) Baseball things!

  • Can the season just start already?
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu has a bum shoulder, Dodgers rotation is screwed
  • Zack Wheeler is the latest TJ victim (Stanford SP Cal Quantrill too)
  • Matt Harvey is back and looking great
  • Marlins lock up Yelich. Are they contenders?
  • What about the Mariners?
  • This Brandon Phillips quote is … uh …

(1:00:45-1:09:19) This week's Old School Player of the Week is:

LENN SAKATA

70-grade DADHAT, 70-grade DADGLASSES (not pictured) 60-grade DADLAP (in most photos, due in large part to the sansabelt era), 80-grade lettuce. And a very fun name to say.

Lennsakata spent eleven years in the bigs with the Brewers, Yankees, Orioles and A’s. He was the quintessential late-70s/early-80s replacement-level utility player – 2B, SS, 3B, OF, DH. Averaged 0.3 WAR and hit .230 over his career. Did lots of things. None of them particularly well. When he was with the Yankees, he hit the first ball Riley ever “caught at a game” during BP.

Direct download: PRODcast_104_-_More_Like_DatDudeOBP_Amirite.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:11pm PDT

PRODcast 103: Tommy John Gone Done Did It Again

Quick and dirty episode for you this week. Here it go:

 

- The open (0:00-2:12)

- The musical guest: TORCHE. Buy RESTARTER here.  (2:50-5:35)

- EMAILS (5:35-20:10)

- A belated HOT TAKE (20:10-24:10)

- Baseball stuff! (24:50-43:55)

  • Riley's return to the diamond!
  • Yu Darvish goes down :(
  • Hunter Pence too :((
  • And the Josh Hamilton situation, ugh :(((
  • Ned Yost's favorite Radiohead album is ___________. 
  • Baseball Prospectus under new ownership

- Musical advice: Band names that evoke their music? Bonus baseball question: Acceptable jersey/shirsey wearing? (44:35-55:20)

- Old school player of the week: LEE MOTHERFUCKIN’ TUNNELL (55:20-1:03:20)

80 DADHAT, 80 DADGLASSES, 55 BEARD, 30 CHIN, 70 DORKBUILD

Quite possibly the beta version of Eric Sogard

Pitched six years in the bigs with the Pirates, Cards & Twins as a starter and reliever. 22-28, 4.23 ERA, 1.477 WHIP. He was also busted for soliciting an internet prostitute, and being an outspoken advocate for Christianity. WHOOPS.

Comps are nobody you’ve ever heard of, but some plus-plus-names including …

Yank Terry (977)

Dutch Levsen (973)

Doyle Lade (973)

Bert Husting (971)

Al Santorini (971)

Direct download: PRODcast_103_-_Tommy_John_Gone_Done_Did_It_Again.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm PDT

PRODcast 102: Yorn Mawncawder Is A Red Sawk

(0:00-3:30) The open

(4:27-9:20) The musical guest: BABY BOY. Buy 2015 here

(9:20-14:47) The Pipin'-Hot Take of the Week: Mat Latos, Kind of a Dick.

(15:30-35:45) We Read from the Electronic Mail Sac 

(36:20-56:10) The Baseball Blather

  • Sam & Ben are running an independent baseball team this summer -- The Sonoma Stompers

  • MONCADA to BoSOX (Jerry Remy will pronounce his name “YORN MAWNCAWDER”)

  • Pitchers and catchers report! Beat writers are taking horrible photos.

  • Didja hear? A-Rod’s back!

  • BJ Upton is changing his name to Melvin

  • John Axford’s Oscar predictions – 18 for 18 in 2014.  How'd he fare in 2015?

(56:10-1:01:11) The Old School Player of the Week: WARREN BRUSSTAR

Gaze upon his holy visage. 

Brusstar played nine seasons with the Phillies, White Sox and Cubs as a reliever. 28-16, w/ a 3.51 ERA, 14 saves, 1.360 WHIP. He was drafted four (!) times, has an incredible merm, a 70-grade scowl, 70-grade DADHAT, and a serious plustache.

Direct download: PRODcast_102_-_Yorn_Mawncawder_Is_A_Red_Sawk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11pm PDT

PRODcast 101: The Other One With Woj

Welllllll... this one is a littl rough around the edges, like a feral cat or a fringe-y prospect. But hang with it and we're sure you'll see the upside. Behold, it's PRODcast 101: The Other One with Woj!

 

0:00-2:50 -- The open

3:15-7:10 -- The musical guest: Title Fight. Buy HYPERVIEW here.  

7:10-13:45 -- The pipin' hot take: Leave college baseball's balls alone

14:20-24:00 -- Your emails

24:00-54:25 -- Jason Wojciehowski, co-editor of the Baseball Prospectus Annual, A’s ESPN Sweet Spot Blogger, co-host of the Back Of The Bullpen podcast, Lawyer, owner of several ties.

55:00-1:13:38 Baseball blather! 

  • Medium-Sized Regular Season Game James to the Padres

  • The Tigers are hurting; luckily for them they plat in the worst division in baseball

  • Josh Hamilton is Josh Hamiltoning the shit out of his stay with the Halos

  • 54-year-old Julio Franco to player-coach a semi-pro team in Japan 

  • Yoan Moncada is like Yasiel Puig times Yoenis Cespedes and your team probably isn't going to get him

1:14:10-1:17:10 -- Not Jose Mota's Skymall Item of the Week: An exclsuive of the Productive Outs PRODcast. This week: The Giant Male Silverback Gorilla Statue

1:17:10-1:20:30   -- The Old-School Player of the Week: Nino Espinosa

 

80 DADHAT, 80 AFRO, 70 STACHE, ZERO FUCKS GIVEN

RHP - 8 years in the bigs with the Mets, Phillies and Blue Jays from 1974 to 1981. Career record of 44-55, ERA of 4.17, WHIP of 1.362. Comps: Bob Milacki and John Lannan.

 

THANKS FER LISSNIN'! 

Direct download: PRODcast_101_-_The_Other_One_with_Woj.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37pm PDT

PRODcast 100: We Didn't Get Hired by Major League Teams

The long-awaited, moderately outated, almost certainly hated PRODcast 100 for your earholes!

We're shooting for a shorter, tighter show in 2015 and this here's the maiden voyage. It goes like this: 

(0:00-3:50) The intro!

(4:23-7:50) The musical guest: STURGILL SIMPSON. Buy "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music" here

(7:50-13:30) The Pipin' Hot Take: Rob Manfred's proposal to outlaw the shift. 

(13:10-32:05) Your emails.

(32:45-57:03) The baseball blather:

  • The Cubes' moves

  • The Padres' overhaul

  • The A’s fire sale and subsequent rebuild

  • Astros land Gattis, move Fowler, look (dare we say … ) good?

  • Scherzer to the Nats

(57:40-1:03:00) Ask a Musician: Should a band attempt to continue once it's lost a founding member/frontperson?

(1:03:00-1:08:40) We are joined by a Very Special Guest!

(1:08:40-1:13:03) Wherein we profess our love for Rowland Office and bid you a fond farewell. 

Please subscribe on iTunes and stitcher, and rate and review us! Thanks for your kind indulgence. 

Direct download: PRODcast_100_-_We_Didnt_Get_Hired_by_Major_League_Teams.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58pm PDT

PRODcast 99: Manny Being Manny

99! That's one less than 100. So ot long until we both get hired by major league clubs. This is gonna be great! 

But first, here's Manny's finest hour:

And the box score for same -- no error assessed on the play!

Today's show goes like this:

- Open (0:00-6:35)

- Emails (7:30-25:50)

- Musical guest: Run the Jewels. Buy Run the Jewels 2 here. (26:33-29:50)

- The baseball stuff: (29:50-55:20)

  • Gaints win Wurld Serious
  • THE HOT STOVE! (It ain’t hot, unless you're Michael Cuddyer or Vinnie Freakin' Pestano)

  • Pablo wants a six-year deal! LOL.

    The Japan Series! Nobody cares, but we'll all watch anyway. 

  • Jose Abreu wins AL ROY, Yakub derGraum wins NL

- Musical advice (56:15-1:05:20)

  • Is mayonnaise an instrument? No, but...
  • Tips for long-distance music-making

- Ideating on PRODcast 100, and we solicit your input (1:05:20-1:07:10)

Bye now!

Direct download: PRODcast_99_-_Manny_Being_Manny.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:47pm PDT

PRODcast 98: Onelki Garcia’s Stupid Hat

OMG it's the Whirled Serious Preview Edition! Yahoo Seriou starts tomorrow, or maybe it's already over! We have no way of knowing when you're reading this!

- Open (0:00-6:20)

- Emails (7:00-21:35)

- Musical guest: BAPTISTS. Buy "Bloodmines" here. (25:05-29:15) 

- Human guest: Rany Jazayerli of Rany on the Royals et c. (29:15-51:25)

- Based ball topics! 51:53-1:17:00)

  • The BCS (Basedball Championshop Series) starts tomorrow. Which would you rather eat, burritos or BBQ?
  • No, seriously. This is going to be awesome. 
  • Predictions?
  • Front office stuff: Matheny, Donnie, Chili

- Only two more episodes to 100. Which of us will get hired by an MLB club first?

Direct download: PRODcast_98_-_Onelki_Garcias_Stupid_Hat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm PDT

PRODcast 97: Joe Beimel: Punk Rock Fan?

Hello, ladies. 

 

- Open (0:00-6:50)

- Emails (7:35-20:45)

- Musical guest: OBLITERATIONS. Buy "Poison Everything" here.(21:23-24:15)

 - The baseball talk (24:15-55:35)

  • NLCS - GAINTS & CRADS are battling
  • ALCS - Royals continue to win in exciting fashion
  • That #JABO broadcast: ehh?
  • Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
  • Chip Hale is the DBacks’ new overlord: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
  • Ep. 111 of the 99% Invisible Podcast on Rooting for Laundry & The Story of Stirrups

- Musical advice: What does a tech actually do? (with bonus boner talk!) (56:20-1:12:45)

Direct download: PRODcast_97_-_Joe_Beimel_Punk_Rock_Fan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10pm PDT

PRODcast 96: Mac Suzuki

It's Championshp Series time! Can you feel the excitement? NO?? Well, hopefully this podcast will help. 

 

Or take one of the many boner pills advertiesd during the games. Maybe you've got low T. 

But now, on with the show!

- Open (0:00-7:45)

- Emails (8:25-26:30)

- Musical guest: NOTHiNG. Buy "Guilty of Everything" here. (27:12-30:57)

- Human guest: Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles and SB Nation. (30:57-50:34)

- The baseball talks: (51:14-1:17:26)

  • The Cardinals somehow beat the Dodgers
  • The Gaints somehow beat the Nats
  • The American League also happened, and the Royals are an unknown quantity
  • BASEBALL DADS: A LOVE STORY (it's real)

- And we out. 1:18:00-1:22:06)

Direct download: PRODcast_96_-_Mac_Suzuki_Was_a_Baseball_Player.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26pm PDT

PRODcast 95: Takahito Nomura. Who?

Short and sweet this week, kids. Short and sweet. 

- Open: Takahito Nomura and Glidden paint: both are awful (0:00-5:58)

- Emails: one of the best email segments we've ever had, maybe. (6:42-19:20)

- Musical guest: PUIG DESTROYER. Buy their self-titled full-length here. Pre-order t-shirts here. (20:23-22:06)

- The baseball things: (22:06-39:23)

  • It's all about them wild card games, yo! Win or go home! SO STRESSFUL.
  • Managerial and GM changes in Minnesota, Houston, and Arizona

- Musical advice question: Riley and Ian begrudgingly recount their time in bands in the '90s and 2000s (40:48-51:31)

- See you next week!

Direct download: PRODcast_95_-_Takahito_Nomura_-_Who.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55am PDT

PRODcast 94: Strikes Are Horrible And We Should Not Have Them

We're 94 episodes into this thing, and we thought we shold finally make an effort. Tune in and see if you can tell! 

 

- Open (0:00-8:40)

- Emails 9:18-36:02)

- Musical guest: PHORIA. Buy "Bloodworks" here. (36:42-40:00)

- Human guest: Andy McCullough, Royals beat writer for the Kansas City Star.  (40:00-

- The baseball things!

  • Ron Washington might’ve stepped down because of sexual assault charges. So why is nobody talking about it?
  •  

  • Chris Davis gets popped for Adderall. Whoops!

  • Why are the Yankees even thinking about bringing Tanaka back?

  • The playoff races are a little boring. OK, a LOT boring. 

  • Who you got in the Whirled Serious?

  • ALTUVE.

- Puig Destroyer news! Check out our sweet shirts!  (

 


PRODcast 93: When Being Good Wasn't Good Enough

103 wins and no postesedason berth. That hardly seems fair. 

- Open (0:00-7:15)

- Emails (7:47-27:20)

- Musical guest: GAME THEORY. Buy "Blaze of Glory" here. (27:50-33:30)

-  Baseball things: 

  • RE2PECT: Derek Jeter Day at The House That Scott Brosius Built, and Derek Jeter's selfishness?

  • Has PitchTrax ruined baseball? (spoiler: no)

  • Halos & Orioles have the two best records in baseball, but their starting pitching "is not built for the postseason." Significant?

  • The A's continue to Brewer.

  • Kevin Towers gets the axe in AZ. But why now?

  • Ron Washington steps down in TEX. (See above)

- Musical advice: Where does the "palying it live" consideration come in the writing process?

Puig Destroyer updates

- Au revoir

Direct download: PRODcast_93_-_When_Being_Good_Wasnt_Good_Enough.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:29pm PDT

PRODcast 92: Dennis Eckersley's Feathered Hair Helmet

GAZE AT ITS LUSTROUS GLORY

 

Here's the show:

- Open (0:00-7:05)

- Emails (7:45-24:45)

- Musical Guest: THE LIFE AND TIMES. Buy "Lost Bees "(and other stuff) here. (26:20-31:10)

- Human guest: Film historian and Dodgers fan Karina Longworth. Listen to "You Must Remember This" here. (31:10-53:04)

- The baseball things! (53:38-1:19:26)

  • Halos sweep A’s, and Shat Moomaker is having one hell of a season.

  • Royals survived a near Royalsing, and the Brewers have finally Brewered

  • Bo Porter gets the axe in Houston, people argue about Houston (again)

  • Jose Altuve is a goddamn warlock.

  • Clayton Kershaw is also p. good.

  • Can/should a pitcher be the MVP?

- Puig Destroyer news and a quick wrap-up. (1:20:11-1:23:43)

Thanks for listenin'!

Direct download: PRODcast_92_-_Dennis_Eckersleys_Feathered_Hair_Helmet.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:32pm PDT

PRODcast 91: Minor League Guy

 

There he is, our Lord and Savior: Minor League Guy! Everything we do -- including this episode -- we do in his name. 

Here's what we've got:

-  The open (0:00-3:15)

- Your crazy emails (3:55-25:30)

- The musical guest: DAMA/LIBRA. Buy "Claw" here. (25:50-29:30)

- The baseball talk! (29:30-51:52)

  • MadBum is good. Big-Time Timmy Jim is not. 
  • The Orioles are the least-bad team in the AL West
  • Same with the Royals in the Central (at least at the time we recorded this)
  • Halos are in first, and the AL West is gonna be a barn-burner!
  • Nationals look to have the NL East locked up...
  • ... and the Pirates are pretty much done
  • Meanwhile Chris Carter is making a stealth run at the home run title

- Musical advice x 2: (52:45-1:05:10)

  • We discuss our best and worst decisions in our music careers, and 
  • Can you enjoy your own records after they're finished?

- The week(s) in review: Puig Destroyer stuff and Ian's vacation rundown. We won't be hurt if you skip this part. (1:05:10-1:13:20)

THANKS FOR LISTENING! 

Direct download: PRODcast_91_-_Minor_League_Guy.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 5:44pm PDT

PRODcast 90: There's A Base At The End Of This

Quick show before both of us take off for vacation and/or work. Please consume and enjoy!

- Open: Managing expectations (0:00-4:04)

- Emails: Short, sweet, and very good. (You guys, not us.) (4:51-20:33)

- Musical guest: 68. Buy "In Humor and Sadness" here. (21:15-27:10)

- Baseball talk: (27:10-49:26)

  • Trade deadline recap

  • The Angels need a starter

  • Everyone hates the Dbacks

  • Matt Cain is toast

  • Javier Baez and the impending rise of the Cubes

- Music and baseball question: "having a" vs. "playing" catch and what goes into sequencing an album? (50:15-1:02:25)

- Puig Destroyer non-updates and TTFN! (1:02:25-1:09:40)

Direct download: PRODcast_90_-_Theres_a_Base_at_the_End_of_This.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:59pm PDT

PRODcast 89: EAAAAAARTHQUAKE!!!

Yes, we've run out of player numbers to reference. But we've made up for it with a really solid podcast. Read on...

- The open (0:00-7:15)

- Your emails (8:08-30:13)

- The musical guest: 1-800-BAND. Buy "Diver Blue" here. (31:00-35:35)

- The musical-baseball human guest: Doug Miller of MLB.com (35:35-1:03:55)

- Baseball talk! (1:04:40-1:31:25)

  • HOT STOVE: Deadline comin’! #HUGWATCH

  • Price/Zobrist fatigue 

  • Jake Peavy, Dan Uggla, Matt Cain and the RIP Gaints

  • Barney Darwin to the Dodgers

  • The Royals are winning and it’s almost August. When do they shit the bed

  • Isotopes vs. Aces brawl

  • Hall Of Fame: Eligibility shifts from 15 to 10 years, our interest in the HOF does not shift

  • PART TWO of “What would that player’s job be?”

- Bye! (1:31:25-1:32:41)

Direct download: PRODcast_89_-_EAAAAAARTHQUAKE.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:06pm PDT

PRODcast 88: Hello, We Ordered A Frank Thomas & Got A Kyle Blanks Instead

Ice is back with a brand-new invention: PRODcast 88! 

- Open (0:00-3:30)

- Emails (4:05-28:50)

- Musical guest: AEGES. Buy THE BRIDGE here. Listen to "Fault" here. (29:30-34:10)

- Baseball things (34:10-1:04:10)

- Musical advice but not really: Gilead Fest/tour recap, and Bob Uecker: An Appreciation (1:04:50-1:17:30)

- Bye!


PRODcast 87: Dan Otero Was Just Claimed Off Waivers

Dan Otero was literally just claimed off waivers and then released. Oh, look -- it happened again! Whoops, the A's just claimed and released him. Look it up. It's true! 

Here is our show for the week of 7/7/2014. We hope you enjoy it!

- Open. If we all wish real hard, Dan Otero will become a real boy! (0:00-5:37)

- Emails. Crazy people, the lot of you. (6:20-25:38)

- Combination musical and baseballish guest: Josh Kantor (26:22-46:26)

- Baseball things (46:48-1:16:12)

  • The Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel trade: officially crizzazle
  • Halos are rolling but it doesn’t matter because so are the A’s 
  • B. McCarthy for V. Nuno trade 
  • The Astros are having a rough week 
  • All-Star rosters were announced – who cares?
  • When does the Phillies fire sale begin? 
  • Joey Votto out for the season?!?

- What's next: a brief KWC tour and a fond farewell (for now) (1:16:12-1:20:00)

 

 EPISODE ERRATA, Ruben Rivera edition

Ruben's Run by Justin Bopp

 

Direct download: PRODcast_87_-_Dan_Otero_Was_Just_Claimed_Off_Waivers.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:56pm PDT

PRODcast 86: Not a single baseball player has ever worn this number

Hello! A short, sweet, guest-free episode for you this week, with baseball, musical advice, and #TRASHDICK for everyone!

- Open (0:00-3:20)

- Emails (4:00-23:50)

- Musical guest: CONVERGE (24:35-32:25)

- Baseball talk: (32:25-58:25)

  • The Giants are crumbling and the Dodgers are rolling

  • Sergio Romo done lost his job

  • Is Jose Altuve a warlock?

  • Are the Mariners actually pretty good?

  • OH NOEZ, GROUND CONTROL

  • Bryce Harper is talking shit again

  • RauLOL Ibanez and the RoyLOLs

  • Giancarlo Stanton is gonna be in the HR Derby and HOLY SHIT

  • Our picks for the HR Derby 

- Musical advice: What do you think about, and how do you approach/interpret your recorded performances? (59:10-1:08:08)

- Puig Destroyer update and KWC tour (1:08:08-1:11:00)

- Goodnight!

Direct download: PRODcast_86_-_Not_a_single_baseball_player_has_ever_worn_this_number.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:56pm PDT

PRODcast 85: In retrospect, Lastings Milledge might have had some makeup issues

PRODcast 85 is dedicated to our two patron saints, Lastings Milledge and Tony La Russa. May they both bless you and keep you and may their lights shine upon you forever. 

 

Here's how 85 breaks down:

- Open (0:00-8:00)

- Your wacky emailz (8:45-30:45)

- Musical guest: COMET CONTROL. Buy "Blast Magic" here. (31:30-34:00)

- Human guest: Melissa Lockard of OaklandClubhouse.com (34:00-55:00)

- The baseball things (55:50-1:18:55)

  • Josh Byrnes got canned as GM of the Padres

  • Carlos Correa … NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • The Angels BLOLpen is still a mess

  • The Brewers might actually be legit

  • Wacha and Garcia to the DL for the Cards

  • Phils sign Grady Sizemore to a minor league deal because of course they do

  • The Rangers … the poor Rangers

  • Bronson Arroyo could be next in line for TJ surgery  

- Puig Destroyer updates (1:21:30-1:26:15)

- Goodbye and thank you for listening!


PRODcast 84: Prince Fielder, Swathed in Zubaz

Short and sweet this week, kids. Bing bang boom. Still no shortage of great #content, with our unique based ball inight accompanied by the mellifluous strains of ILLUSTRATIONS.

- The open: memories of a young, portly Prince, enveloped in Zubazity. (0:00-4:05)

- The emails. Y'all crazy. (4:40-22:55)

- The musical guest: ILLUSTRATIONS. Buy "In Vain" here. (23:40-26:26)

- The baseball things: (26:26-50:20)

  • R.I.P. Tony Gwynn
  •  More baseballers fall to the curse of Tommy John, including Chad Billingsley
  • Where goeth the Shark? 
  • Royals are rolling
  • Giants free-falling
  • Please get well, Justin Verlander
  • Cardinals are coming for what's theirs
  • The All-Star Game continues to be stupid

- Musical advice: what the hell is Ian's problem with Guided by Voices, and the fine line of fidelity (51:00-1:00:00)

- Puig Destroyer updates and TTFN (1:00:00-1:03:02)

Direct download: PRODcast_84_-_Prince_Fielder_Swathed_in_Zubaz.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:04pm PDT

PRODcast 83: What was Eric Gagne's deal, anyway?

Super excited for this one, which is basically just Riley and Ian talking for almost 2 hours about how great Eric Gagne was. 

Nah, just kidding, the was a giant tool! But we do have other great stuff for you, including:

- The open (0:00-5:23)

- The emails (5:51-29:31)

- The musical guest: FUCKED UP.  (30:10-33:45)

- The human guest: Justin Halpern (33:45-1:04:13)

- The baseball stuff: (1:04:47-1:38:52)

  • Manny Machado is a dumbass

  • Josh Lueke got DFA (finally) and the Rays will be sellers... but when? 

  • The Giants are running away with the NL West

  • Are the Blue Jays for real?

  • The Twines signed one or more Kendrys Moraleses

  • Tony Sipp played right field

  • Trevor Cahill was D'd for A

  • Gregory Polanco is finally up and the Super 2 thing sucks

  • Lonald Chisenhall had a big night

  • MLB DARFT

  • CWS stuff. Go 'Eaters!

- The li'l KWC tour report (1:39:30-1:47:36)

See you next week! 

Direct download: PRODcast_83_-_What_was_Eric_Gagnes_deal_anyway.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:58pm PDT

PRODcast 82: Johnny Lazor - Superhero, Pornstar or Crappy Baseballer?

John. Paul. Lazor. You can only DREAM of having a name that awesome!

Today's show is dedicated to his illustrious name and lackluster career. It goes like this. 

- The open, wherein we talk about stuff (0:00-4:00)

- The emails, wherein we read yours (4:45-34:35)

- Musical guest: TYCHO. Buy "Awake" here. (35:20-38:10)

- Baseball things! (38:10-1:07:30)

  • The Red Sox suck, or at least they did
  • Giancarlo Stanton does NOT get cheated
  • Manny Ramirez: Player/Coach
  • Someone stole Hunter Pence’s scooter. Really.
  • Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter (but against the Phillies, so...)
  • Those goddamn Memorial Day hats
  • George Springer is the new hotness & the Evan Drellich Astros story

- Musical advice: Starting a baseball-themed band. Hmm, I think we might have some advice for you! (1:08:05-1:17:35)

- Up next/goodbye. (1:17:35-1:23:36) Thanks for listening!

Direct download: PRODcast_82_-_Johnny_Lazor_-_Superhero_Pornstar_or_Crappy_Baseballer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:12pm PDT

PRODcast 81: Eddie Guardado, Guardadoer of Leads

We've got an absolutely action-packed show for you. Guardadon't touch that dial!

- The open (0:00-4:03)

- The emails (4:40-25:17)

- The musical guest: Toronoto's own SMARTBOYS (26:00-30:55)

- The human guest: the triumphant return of Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus! (30:55-55:50)

- The baseball stuff: (56:30-1:15:22)

  • Not only are the baseball gods taking our pitchers, but they’re taking our Jose Abreus
  • One pitcher they haven’t taken is Johnny Cueto, who is out of his mind right now

  • The Tigers are dominating

  • Puig is still Puiggin’, but it’s not helping (Giants are freakish)

  • Dodgers minor leaguers be fightin’. Miguel Olivo went Mike Tyson on Alex Guerrero

  • The Angels are good, but the A’s are better.

  • Welcome home, Stephen Drew

  • Question posed by SI Twitter: Which position player would you want to see on the mound?

- What's next/farewell (1:16:00-1:20:00)

Thaks for listening! We appreciate it, desperately. 

Direct download: PRODcast_81_-_Eddie_Guardado__Guardadoer_of_Leads.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:02pm PDT

PRODcast 80: That's Not A Scouting Grade

Hi, everyone! This is our 80th show. Thanks for all yuor support over the years. If you can, please rate and review us on iTunes. That would be super-sweet. 

Here's how PRODcast 80 breaks down:

- Open (0:00-4:00)

- Emails (4:44-29:30)

- Musical guest: YOUNG WIDOWS. Buy 'Easy Pain' (30:06-35:55)

- Teh baseball tihngs: (35:55-54:11)

  • We're a quarter of the way through the season. Surprises? Brewers, Marlins, Dodgers, Angels, Rays?

  • Mike Trout is striking out a lot

  • Poor Brandon Belt

  • JOSE FERNANDEZ NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Will you see “Million Dollar Arm”? (No.) 

- Musical advice: How do you get musicans to notice you?? (54:47-1:03:00)

- Wrap it up, B. (1:03:00-1:05:06)

Direct download: PRODcast_80_-_That_Is_Definitely_Not_Our_Scouting_Grade.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:59pm PDT

PRODcast 79: Jose Abreu Is A BEAST

How lucky are we that one of the few 79s to ever play the game is absolutely destroying Major League Baseball right now? Answer: very. 

Jose Abreu, you guys. He's reeeeeeallllllll good. 

And here is the show that bears his number and name!

- The open. We welcome you to the show and wax poetical on Abreu briefly. (0:00-5:00)

- The emails. You people all need psychiatric help. (5:44-29:11)

- The musical guest: WOVENHAND. Buy 'Refractory Obdurate' here. (30:00-34:00)

- The human guest: Matt Sussman of Baseball Prospectus, SB Nation, and elsewhere. I still don't know what curling is. (34:00-52:45)

- Baseball things! (53:24-1:15:25)

  • It's an even year, so the Giants are good
  • AL East: parity or parody?
  • Are the Marlins for real? (Nah.)
  • Nolan Arenado and the under-25 All-Star team
  • Tulo os out of his goddamn mind, and Charlie Blackmon isn't far behind him 
  • Oh, Yasiel. Please don't try and run through any more walls, K? 
  • Uhhh.. K-Rod? You know this is 2014 and not 2004, right? 

- The outro. Bye, y'all! (1:15:25-1:23:08)

Direct download: PRODcast_79_-_Jose_Abreu_Is_a_Beast.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:27pm PDT

PRODcast 78: Blaine Boyer, Guillermo Rodriguez & Justin Thomas Walk Into A Bar ...

… and the bartender says, “Here’s your DFA. See ya.”

(It's funny because it's true.) 

Some items of business:

- We ask that you please rate and review the show on iTunes, whether or not you listen to it via iTunes. Please. 

- You can follow Riley on twitter @rileybreck and Ian @teen_archer. You probably already follow @ProductiveOuts, but if not, you can! Because this is America. 

Now, on to the show!

- First comes the open, where we babble. (0:00-5:01)

- Then come the emails, where you babble. (5:39-30:26)

- Next up is the musical guest, which is FLOORBuy "Oblation" here. (31:12-36:13)

- After that are the baseball things! (36:13-1:10:36)

  • Michael Pineda is not smart
  • The BARVES backed their way into a ridiculous pitching staff (and are very good)
  • Also, what the hell, Brewers?!?
  • Speaking of: you should never swing your bat in the dugout: Braun vs. Segura
  • Bryce Harper’s thumb
  • Ben & Sam’s “Hustle” Questionaire on today’s Effectively Wild
  • Sonny Gray is good
  • So are Collin McHugh and Garrett Richards
  • Christopher Russo is a thing

- The musical advice happens here, but it's less an advice request and more of, y'know, just a question. What are the first and last albums listed alphabetically in your iTunes? (1:11:21-1:25:33)

- And then the farewell. Bye!

 

 


PRODcast 77: Reggie Willits, White Male

Good stuff this week (as opposed to what we normally offer you). Let's get right to it. 

- Open (0:00-4:40)

- Emails (5:25-28:35)

- Musical guest: THOU. Buy Heathen here. (29:20-34:43)

- Human guest: Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Info and ESPNNY.com  (34:43-49:12)

- Baseball talk (49:50-1:21:55)

  • Gerrit Cole is not a fan of Carlos Gomez’s triple-pimping

  • Bartolo Colon “hitting” is the best thing that’s happened to baseball in a while

  • The “transfer” "rule"

  • The Bryce Harper benching 

  • Dbacks Status: Astros; Astros Status: #CUBES

  • Chris Sale is broken

  • Albert joins the 500 club

- Riley is going to run a half-marathon, like a moron. Please consider supporting him! (1:22:43-1:28:52)

- Goodbye!

Direct download: PRODcast_77_-_Reggie_Willets_-_White_Male.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22pm PDT

PRODcast 76: Mike Koplove's Olympic Bronze Medal Is Probably for Sale

We made a thing and put it inside a cat and shot it out onto the internet! 

 

 

Also, this (via The Big Lead):

 

But the show! 

- Open (0:00-3:37)

-Emails (4:25-43:15)

-Musical guest: LA DISPUTE. Buy "Rooms of the House" here.  (43:45-48:40)

-Baseball stuff: (48:40-1:14:55)

  • Early season mirages? Gordon, Gome, Upton, Utley
  • Jeff Francoeur and the best baseball prank ever
  • Giancarlo Stanton: officially ridiculous
  • Dbacks, Angels, and Royals are complete tire-fires right now
  • Baseball! Get into it. 

- Musical advice question: The necessary evil of band names (1:15:30-

- KWC show debrief and other stuff (1:23:30-1:29:00)

-See ya!

Direct download: PRODcast_76_-_Mike_Koploves_Olympic_Bronze_Medal_Is_Probably_for_Sale.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:00pm PDT

PRODcast 75: Metallica ft. Barry Zito

We're back to a weekly schedule because baseball is back! The Lord giveth and then she taketh away, or something. 


But we're here to celebrate the mediocrity that is Barry Zito X late-period Metallica:

 Ugh.

 

In other, less painful (we hope) audio news, here is a prawncats!

 

- The open (0:00-7:35)

- The emails. Weird, as usual. (8:15-29:45)

- The music: feat. Get Pure, the new album from MOUNT CARMEL. (30:30-32:30)

- The baseball talk (32:30-1:02:20)

  • Coffee is for closers and closers be blowin’ it: Nathan, Holland, Parnell, etc.

  • PuigGate 2014

  • Emilio Bonifiacio es bonafide?

  • Ryan Braun done lost his mind
  • MLB.tv/AtBat commercials

  • Replay review: Can you dig it?

  • Seven-inning baseball games?

  • Angels are bad, Giants are not

- The musical advice: the vagaries of record-label contracts, sales, reissues, and the like. (1:03:05-1:13:40)

- The self-promotion (1:13:40-1:17:55)

- The farewell

Direct download: PRODcast_75_-_Metallica_ft_Barry_Zito_.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:05pm PDT

PRODcast 74: Kenley Jansen's One-Pitch Filth

Yeah, this podcast is dedicated to all the teachers that told us we'd never get past episode fitty. It's all good, baby baby.

- It was all a dream: Not Jose Mota welcomes back the baseall season (0:00-7:12)

- We used to read your crazy-ass emails (7:45-28:45)

- Salt and Pepa and Animals as Leaders up in the limousine (29:2-34:15)

- Every Wednesday night, Evan Funk Davies, not Marley Marl (34:15-53:55)

- Baseball talk til my tape popped (54:42-1:20:11)

  • BASEDBALL IS BACK
  • Mike Trout is rich (and very good at baseball)
  • Miguel Cabrera is also rich (and good at baseball) and the Tigers are dumb
  • DICKSTAND
  • Our respective divisional picks, wild card teams, NL & AL champs & WS champ

- Peace to Puig D, Cult Leader, KWC (1:21:05-1:27:55)

And if you don't know, now you know...

Direct download: PRODcast_74_-_Kenley_Jansens_One-Pitch_Filth.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:59pm PDT

PRODcast 73: Ricardo Rincon (Dick Corner) & The Death of the UCL

We're back after yet another li'l break. Sometimes life just happens, y'know? 

- The open feat. Dick Talk (0:00-6:40)

- Canada-free emails (7:15-30:00)

- Musical guest: DEAD RIDER (30:45-34:35)

- Baseball talk! (34:35-1:02:20)

  • TJ surgery for everyone!
  • Aroldis Chapman, ugh.
  • Australian ballbase?
  • Ian's Cactus League recap!
  • Holy shit, Mike Trout.

- Musical advice (1:03:05-1:26:05)

- See you next time! Thank you! 

Direct download: PRODcast_73_-_Ricardo_Rincon_AKA_Dick_Corner_and_the_Death_of_the_UCL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT

PRODcast 72: Carlton Fisk, Captain of the Fun Police

In honor of Carlton Fisk, we bring you what may be our shortest episode ever! We hope you enjoy it. 

Also, we love Hunter Harvey now

- The open (:27-5:00)

- The emails. (5:40-39:38) Wanna email us?? productiveouts@gmail.com!

- The musical guest: BEARCUBBIN' (41:00-44:48)

- The baseball talk (44:48-1:02:40)

  • Mike Trout’s $1 million deal (he’s still really good at baseball)
  • Expanded replay and the new home plate collision rule
  • Jake Peavy hurt himself fishing
  • That horrendous Cleveland Indians lid #hatchat

- Spring training, Puig Destroyer, book proposals, and fares well (1:03:10-1:14:00)

Direct download: PRODcast_72_-_Carlton_Fisk_Captain_of_the_Fun_Police.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:08pm PDT

PRODcast 71: Gonzalez German Germen's Germane Germing

YOU GUYS. IT'S ALMOST BASEBALL. So we made a show for you. Here's how it went. 

-Open (0:00- 3:45)

-Emails from Canadians (4:15-23:25)

-Musical Guest: VULGAR TRADE (24:15-25:50)

-Human Guest: Will Sharp, pro scout with the Houston Astros (25:50-1:09:00)

-Baseball Things! (1:09:55)

  • Baseball Is Back! (sort of)
  • A Mike Trout Extension?
  • Braves Be Spendin’ (Freeman, Kimbrel, Heyward, Teheran, Simmons, you, me … )
  • The Face of MLB
  • Mark Mulder’s Improbable Comeback Is Over (Achilles)
  • Gratuitous Jeff Karstens Discussion

-Musical Advice:  How does someone who's never played an instrument start in adulthood? (1:25:30-1:30:20)

-What’s Next? BP annual, Puig Destroyer write about baseball for Decibel, spring training trips... (1:30:20-1:37:20)

-We out 

Direct download: PRODcast_71_-_Gonzalez_German_Germens_Germane_Germing.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:58pm PDT

PRODcast 70: George Kontos has the worst birthdays

Clever intro goes here.

- Open (0:30-3:30)

- Emails (4:00-28:00)

- Musical guest: DAUGHTERS (28:30-33:00)

- Human guest: Sarah Colonna (33:00-1:03:00)

- Baseball talk! (1:03:25-1:19:10)

  • Pitchers and catchers are about to report (to play golf) 
  • 2014 PECOTA projections
  • Lingering free agents 
  • Freedie Freeman extension

- Musical advice: re. artists you follow and trailblazers who don't get the credit they deserve (1:20:00-1:33:30)

- What's coming up: BP Annual and Puig Destroyer (1:33:30-1:37:00)

- If you made it this far, thanks!

BUY A DAUGHTERS RECORD.

Direct download: PRODcast_70_-_George_Kontos_has_the_worst_birthdays.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm PDT

PRODcast 69: Heh.

Sixty-nine, get it? Heh heh. 

This is our Dekalb, IL-themed show. We've got music from WEEKEND NACHOS and an interview with the late, great Kevin Goldstein. We cordially invite you to listen. 

- Open

- Emails

- Musical guest: WEEKEND NACHOS

- Spectral humanoid interview: Houston Astros' Director, Pro Scouting Kevin Goldstein 

- Baseball stuff!

- Musical advice! Great questions, questionable answers

- Farewell

Direct download: PRODcast_69_-_Heh.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:12pm PDT

PRODcast 68: Where Angels Go To Die

Hey, happy new year! There's still no baseball though, so we have another lackluster show for you. Just kidding, all of our shows are lackluster! 

But here's how it went. 

- The open

- The emails

- The music: CAPSULE

- Those crazy Cespedes Family Barbecue kids!

- The baseball talk: really just us yelling about the Halll of Fame, you can probably skip this part

- The farewell

Thanks for your continued support during the horrible long winter that is no baseball. 

Direct download: PRODcast_68_-_Where_Angels_Go_to_Die.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm PDT

PRODcast 67: Mike Zagurski Is a Professional Athlete

GREETZ, PEEPZ. We have a fantastical episode for you. Whether you like music and baseball, or baseball and music, there's something for every one! Here's how it breaks down:

- The open, where we open

- The emails, where crazy people write to us and we read what they wrote

- The musical guest: This time it's San Francisco psych-poppers WOODEN SHJIPS. Their fourth full-length, "Back to Land," is out now on Thrill Jockey. And it's on Keith Law's Best of 2013 list. ...

- ... which is relevant because Keith Law is our guest this week. He talks baseball and music and past, present, and future with us. 

- Then there's the baseball talk:

  • Michael Morse is a giant, both literally and figuratively
  • Kevin Towers is gutting his farm system
  • Grant Balfour is taking his steakheaded rage to Bawlmore
  • Yankees trade money to the DL for Brian Roberts
  • Masahiro Tanaka is in limbo
  • Raul Ibanez to Los Angeles of Anaheim

- Music Talk: Instead of advice, this episode we disgust our top 10 records of the year. There's some convergence and some of whatever the other thing would be. 

- Then there are the sad goodbyes until next calendar year! Thank you for everything. 

Episode errata:

Direct download: PRODcast_67_-_Mike_Zagurski_Is_a_Professional_Athlete.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm PDT

PRODcast 66: Yasiel Puig, Destroyer of Baseballs

The lord giveth, and then she taketh away. We had hoped PRODcast 66 would be a joyous occasion during which we would celebrate the achievements of Yasiel Puig and also his recent 23rd birthday. But it turns out today is a day that will live in infamy, as our favorite baseballing player, Mike Trumbo, was traded from the Angles to the Diamondbags. It is with a heavy heart that we bring you this progrum. 

Without further ado, though:

-Open

-Emails from Canadian lunatics 

-Musical guest: PUIG DESTROYER 

-Disembodied human vocal guest: Marc of USS Mariner

-Hot Stove Stuff:

  • Trumbo to AZ
  • Robertson Canoe to the Marines
  • Geoff Baker’s article on the dysfunction in the Ms’ front office
  • McCann, Beltran, Ellsbury & Rokey Kroda to the Yanks
  • Granderson to the Mets
  • Napoli back to the Sox for $16MM per
  • Halladay retirement
  • Other less notable moves

-What's next: Riley's impending relocation to the Phoenix area, Ian working on BP Annual et c. 

-So long

Direct download: PRODcast_66_-_Yasiel_Puig_Destroyer_of_Baseballs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:57pm PDT

PRODcast 65: Phil Hughes' Replacement-Level Blues

We're back, even though baseball is not! Here's a show. 

- Open

- Emails from not-Canada

- Musical guest: MUTOID MAN

- Baseball stuff: Hot's Tove discussion

- Musical advice: How do I 2-piece rock band? 

- What's next: Puig Destroyer et c. 

As always, thanks for writing, listening, following, etc. 

-r&i

Direct download: PRODcast_65_-_Phil_Hughes_Replacement_Level_Blues.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52pm PDT

PRODcast 64: Nobody Ever Wore #64 On Purpose

Pretty chill show. Just two guys who love baseball -- and each other -- talking about baseball. And each other. 

- Open

-You're (you are) emails 

- The musical guest: BEASTMILK

- Baseball chatta

  • Whirled Serious
  • Handicapping and predicting the top 3,000 free agents
  • Awards and what not

- Teh outro -- ttfn!

Direct download: PRODcast_64_-_Nobody_Ever_Wore_64_On_Purpose.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55pm PDT

PRODcast 63: Kevin Gregg, Rafael Betancourt or Justin Masterson's Whooziwhatzit

Hey, we're back! Did you miss us? 

It's the based ball played offs and what not! The Whirled Series, even. Without further ado:

- The open, where we describe what will happen

- The emails, where we read what insane people send us

- The musical guest: MEEK IS MURDER

- The baseball guest: Matthew Kory

- Baseball things:

  • Everyone is freaking out over the Tim Lincecum contract 
  • World Series picks!
  • Alex Guerrero, briefly

- Musical advice, wherein we offer musical advice

- Goodbye, where we say goodbye 


PRODcast 62: Scot Shields Would Like To Buy A T

Went guest-free because there was entirely TOO MUCH STUFF to discuss. Hope you enjoy! 

- Open

- Emails

- Musical guest: POWER TRIP

- Baseballs

The Hunter Pence contract

- Pettite’s Farewell

- The AL Wild Card Play-In

- Jolly Roger: raised!

- Playoff Predictions (because they’re dumb and always wrong)

- What’s next for our Giants and Angels?

- Skip in center! 


- Musical advice: When the music hurts :'(

- Farewells and weddings and such

Direct download: PRODcast_62_-_Scot_Shields_Would_Like_To_Buy_A_T.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14pm PDT

PRODcast 61: Roger Maris' Record That Should Probably Still Be A Record

We are SUPER-STOKED about this episode. You'll see why in a minute.

1. THE OPEN. The thing at the beginning.

2. THE EMAILS. Where we read the rantings of lunatics to you.

3. THE MUSICAL AND THE HUMAN GUEST ARE ONE: Ben Sharp of CLOUDKICKER. (This is why we're stoked.)

4. THE BASEBALL PART

The playoff matchups are taking shape.

RIP Manny Machado D;

Yasiel murdered a baseball in cold blood. 

Mariano and Andy

Messin' up the World Series, by Scott Boras

5. THE GOODBYE.


PRODcast 60: Jon Rauch's Seriously Subpar Shattoos & Burgeoning Bonanza of Back Hair

OH. HEY, BACK HAIR.

It would appear that only six MLB players have ever worn #60 on purpose, and they are: Scott Schoenweis (12 years), Dave Heaverlo (7 years), Manny Corpas (7 years), Rauch (5 years), Todd Coffey (5 years) Rocky Biddle (5 years) … a few at 4 and 3, but probably on accident.

Dick Allen (who wore the number in 1977 as a member of the A’s) is the career bWAR leader amongst #60s, with 58.74. Former Giant Matt Williams wore #60 in 1987. No baseball player will ever hit 60 home runs again*.

*Prolly.

IN OTHER NEWS.... we make podcast for you, yes?

Open

Emails

Musical guest: JULIE RUIN

Interview personage: Matthew Leach of MLB.com

Baseball topicks:

Kinda bummed there aren’t more close playoff races.

AL Wild Card is shaping up to be a mess.

Are the Nationals trying to be important? We already gave up.

GODDAMNIT Nick Punto. http://bit.ly/16eKHUI

MiLB Playoffs: Do they matter? Are they indicative of system strength? (Astros, Angels)

A few thoughts on last night’s Angels beatdown

Wladimir Balentien breaking the NPB HR record?

Musical advice: How do you deal with the inevitable "musical differences"?

Peace out!


PRODcast 59: Orel Hershiser's Scoreless Innings Streak

Hershiser was amazing. 

That said, here is a podcast for your brain. Apply liberally, as needed for existential pain. 

  • Open
  • Emails
  • Musical person: DAWN OF MIDI
  • Interview person: Pat Lackey of WHYGAVS, talkin' pie rats
  • Baseball chatta!
    • Mark Trumbo's big night!
    • Playoff races: It's down to the NL Central and the AL West!
    • 2014 scheduling chaos!
  • Riley and Ian are getting married to the 2014 BP Annual
  • Buh bye!

Direct download: PRODcast_59_-_Orel_Hershisers_Scoreless_Innings_Streak.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm PDT

PRODcast 58: Bill Hayes’ Bill Haze Bill. Hey’s Bill Hazed? Bill, Hay’s Billed.

I know we say this a lot, but this is a great show! It goes like this. 

- Intro

- Emails from Canadians

- Musical guest: RED HARE

- An intimate interview with Babe Handegg

- Baseball things: Red Sox, Angels, Dodgers, Pirates, and how do you choose for whom to root once your "real" rooting interest is gone?

- Musical advice: sup wit this this Canadian foreign worker bullshit?

- Riley's getting married and Ian's writing about baseball

- Aloha, Mr. Hand


PRODcast 57: Johan Santana's Filthy Changeup

GREETINGS, CONSUMER. We have an adequate episode for you today. It consists of:

  • An intro segment
  • An email segment
  • An interview segment with extraterrestrial radio host Mike Ferrin
  • A musical segment featuring NATIVE
  • A baseball segment featuring:
    • The Royals Royalsing
    • The Angels Angelsing
    • Dogfights in the NL Central and AL East
    • Marlon Byrd got traded. Wait, that can't be right. Is Marlon Byrd even in the major leagues??
    • Addison Russell is a Dude
  • A musical advice segment: How tours are put together
  • A farewell segment

Thank you for your indulgence, and for putting up with our technical difficulties! We love you deeply. 

Direct download: PRODcast_57_-_Johan_Santanas_Filthy_Changeup.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm PDT

PRODcast 56: Fernando Rodney's Lucky Banana

A short, sharp show for you this week.

  • Intro
  • Emails
  • Musical guest: HUNDRED VISIONS
  • Baseball talk:
    • Ian is over y’all being indignant about PEDs, beanballs, and whatever else
    • The dumb Demopster suspension
    • Trollosi & Rosentroll suggest that the Dodgers bench their best player
    • Speaking of which, Yasiel Puig is a walking middle finger to baseball convention
    • The BARVES lead in the NL East is getting out of hand
    • Jake Elmore goes both ways
    • RIP Frenchy D;
  • So long!
Direct download: PRODcast_56_-_Fernando_Rodneys_Lucky_Banana.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm PDT

PRODcast 55: Skip Schumaker's Gritty, Gutty Grission Putty

This week's episode sponsored by Schumaker's, makers of the finest Grission Putty. Accept no substitutes: insist on Skip Schumaker's Gritty, Gutty Grission Putty!

Welcome to anoter episode of the finest baseball podcast currently offered by Productive Outs! We're happy you found us. In this episode:

  • We perform a brief introduction!
  • We read your emails!
  • We play O'Brother! 
  • We interview Eric Stephen of True Blue LA! 
    • We discuss Baseball Things!
    • The Rangers are on fire
    • The Rays are not
    • Pujols suing Jack Clark
    • Addison Russell
    • Jarred vs. Jarrod
  • We dole out musical advice! 
  • We bid you farewell!

Buy DISILLUSION on iTunes here.

Pre-order vinyl, bundles, etc. here

As always, thank you for listening! 

Direct download: PRODcast_55_-_Skip_Schumakers_Gritty_Gutty_Grission_Putty.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34pm PDT

PRODcast 54: Sergio Romo's Seriously Ridiculous Slider

HEY! False start last week, but we're back. Here's the deal.

  • Intro
  • Emails
  • Musical Guest: TIGON
  • Human Guest: Jason Wojciechowski of BP, A’s ESPN Sweet Spot, Lawyering, Earth
  • Baseball Chatter
    • WTF GAINTS?
    • Pujols (the Angels are done)
    • TRAIDZ
    • An interview with #SOURCE
    • Puig Slides/Showmanship
  • Musical Advice Type Things: baritoen guitards!
  • Upcoming stuffs

Go see Tigon on tour. 

Direct download: PRODcast_54_-_Sergio_Romos_Seriously_Ridiculous_Slider.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT

PRODcast 53: Don Drysdale's Something Or Other

WE'RE BACK! Did you miss us? We missed you. TERRIBLY. 

We got you something. It's a show. Here it is. 

  • Intro!
  • Emails! 
  • Musical guest: PUIG DESTROYER!
  • Baseball talk! Including, but not limited to: Ryan Brown, Dodgers/Giants/Angels/A's and, to balance out the West Coast Bias, some Pedroia discussion.
  • Musical advice!  
  • Outro!

Thanks for listening, y'all. See you on the Information Superhighway!

Direct download: PRODcast_53_-_Don_Drysdales_Something_or_Other.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:28pm PDT

PRODcast 52: Yoenis Cespedes' Comprehensively Chronicled Core Strenff

Last PROD for a while, while Riley goes a-gallavantin'. Here's what we've got!

  • Open
  • Emails from slightly less crazy people, apparently
  • Musical guest: SNAILFACE
  • Human/Canadian guest: Andrew Stoeten
  • Based Bald Talk!
    • Puig! 
    • Myers! 
    • Wainwright!
    • Nolasco
  • #hatchat
  • Musical Advice with Riley and Ian
  • What's Next
  • TTFN!
Direct download: PRODcast_52_-_Yoenis_Cespedes_Comprehensively_Chronicled_Core_Strenff.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58pm PDT

PRODcast 51: Ronald BelisariLOL

Area 51. Scary stuff. Don't go there.

What's that? Oh, it's episode 51? Well, that doesn't sound scary at all. 

  • Open
  • Emails from the usuall lunatics
  • Musical guest: NICE HOOVES
  • Interviewee guest: Mike Minnick
  • Baseball talk!
    • A home run derby that wouldn't suck
    • Matt Harvey: The kind of asshole you want on your team (probably)
    • Yasiel Puig doing Yasiel Puig things
    • The Yankees are cursed but could still end up winning the East
    • Roy Oswalt was really good except when he was terrible
  • Musical advice: van vs. bus, and nicknames
  • Future developments: tours and pinch-hitting
  • Bye everyone!

Direct download: PRODcast_51_-_Ronald_BelisariLOL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:49pm PDT

PRODcast 50: Jimmie Reese's Homemade Fungo

Fifty things! That is quite a lot of things. 

The 50th thing includes:

  • Open
  • Emails
  • Musical guest: grg ptrsn
  • Baseball talks: PUIG, Hanley, Karstens, Cole, Giancarlo, and some Giants farmhands to keep an eye on. 
  • Music advice
  • PUIG DESTROYER
  • Future things, merch and such
  • Goodbye. 

Direct download: PRODcast_50_-_Jimmie_Reeses_Homemade_Fungo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm PDT